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  • Sep 22, 2014
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Jade Rabbit lunar rover

China's Jade Rabbit - or Yutu - rover is the first vehicle to land on the Moon in almost 40 years. The Chang'e-3 mission blasted off from Xichang in southern China on December 1, 2013, and landed on the Moon’s surface on December 14. Developed by Shanghai Aerospace System Engineering Institute and Beijing Institute of Spacecraft System Engineering, the lunar rover was designed to explore an area of 3 square kilometres (1.2 sq mi) during its 3-month mission.

China's Jade Rabbit moon rover was crippled by a rock, experts reveal

The Chinese lunar rover likely became crippled after hitting a rock while it navigated difficult terrain, according to a senior mainland scientist involved in the investigation into the breakdown.

Monday, 21 July, 2014, 10:04am

Last-ditch efforts to salvage mission of China's stricken Jade Rabbit lunar rover

Engineers are desperately trying to revive China's crippled lunar rover Jade Rabbit as fears grow that its mission could be over.

18 Apr 2014 - 9:48am 1 comment

China’s Jade Rabbit moon rover goes into hibernation again to survive lunar freeze

The Chang’e-3 moon probe and Jade Rabbit lunar rover have gone into a third hibernation to survive a 'cold night' on the moon, state news agency Xinhua has reported.

The probe was out early on Sunday and the rover on Saturday afternoon, although an earlier mechanical control problem from a previous shutdown persists, Xinhua said.

17 Apr 2014 - 2:23pm

‘It came back to life’: China’s Jade Rabbit snaps out of silence but mechanical kinks remain

The Jade Rabbit lunar rover has bounced back to life but is suffering the same problems as before, state media reported on Thursday.

China National Radio quoted the country’s lunar programme spokesman Pei Zhaoyu as saying the rover showed signs of "wakefulness".

14 Feb 2014 - 3:26am 12 comments

Actor Patrick Stewart plays dying moon rover on US late-night show

US talk shows have seized upon the stories released by Xinhua that update the public on the malfunctioning lunar rover. The "dispatches" are written in the first person, and are intended to appear as if the Jade Rabbit writes them.

7 Feb 2014 - 5:44am

Success and failure: two sides of the same coin for China's space mission

Failure is not a word Beijing takes lightly. Driven by a desire to become a superpower and with the world watching its every move, success in all endeavours is expected. The breakdown of the nation's first moon rover, Jade Rabbit, just halfway through its three-month mission, therefore risks being perceived negatively. If scientists are unable to make repairs, it could well be written off as a blot on the space programme.

30 Jan 2014 - 3:56am 2 comments

Jade Rabbit moon rover may be beyond repair, state media hints

Scientists may not be able to repair China's lunar rover, Jade Rabbit, that has broken down on the surface of the moon, a report on state media suggested. The report from Xinhua, written as if it sent by the rover itself, said the problems could prove insoluble.

27 Jan 2014 - 4:22am 6 comments

Beijing, we have a problem: China's first moon rover Jade Rabbit breaks down

China's first lunar rover, the Jade Rabbit, appears to have broken down halfway through its three-month mission to the moon. Jade Rabbit experienced a "mechanical control abnormality" and scientists were examining the best ways to carry out repairs, Xinhua reported.

26 Jan 2014 - 9:40am 48 comments

Moon landing ‘100pc made in China’, says Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping said China should be proud of its moon landing last month, stressing it was a national accomplishment.

“The Chang-e 3 mission was one of China’s most complex and difficult missions in aerospace,” Xi told staffers of the space programme at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People on Monday morning to congratulate them on the mission.

9 Jan 2014 - 4:58pm 2 comments

Hong Kong's Chang'e-3 hero tells young people to reach for the stars

"Be ambitious. Follow your dreams." This is the advice given to young people by Polytechnic University professor Yung Kai-leung, who has become a bit of a star himself after China's latest moon exploration mission adopted a gadget he developed.

18 Dec 2013 - 5:46am