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  • Dec 29, 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.

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

Jade Rabbit starts work on the surface of the moon. Photo: AP

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 the cold night on the moon. Photo: AP

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

Scientists are still trying to determine what went wrong with the rover six weeks into its three-month mission. Photo: AP

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

Patrick Stewart as the lunar rover. Photo: SCMP

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

Jade Rabbit moon rover during Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission's first lunar day circle. Photo: Xinhua

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

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

Jade Rabbit moon rover

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

Xi Jinping delivers speaks to space scientists and engineers at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, on Monday. Screenshot from CCTV

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

Professor Yung Kai-leung with his Camera Pointing System, which has proved instrumental to China's lunar landing. Photo: Dickson Lee

"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

China to launch lunar rock-collecting probe by 2017

The national flag is clearly visible on the Yutu moon rover in this photograph taken by the camera on the Chang'e-3. Photo: Xinhua

Wu Zhijun, a spokesman for the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, told a press conference in Beijing on Monday that the Chang’e-5 mission would be launched in four years’ time.

17 Dec 2013 - 10:14am

Hong Kong-developed camera system ‘working well’ on Chang’e-3

Professor Yung Kai-leung with the camera pointing system he developed at Hong Kong PolyU. Photo: Nora Tam

Hong Kong Polytechnic University Professor Yung Kai-leung is breathing a sigh of relief, safe in the knowledge the camera system he has developed for China’s Chang’e-3 moon landing mission has survived the extreme conditions of space and has been working well some 384,400 kilometres away on the moon.

16 Dec 2013 - 6:33pm

The lunar mission: how China landed on the moon

The lunar mission: how China landed on the moon

Chang'e, with its rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, has become the moon's first visitor in 37 years, following Luna 24, which graced its surface in 1976. In landing the craft, China has joined the ranks of countries that successfully landed on earth's natural satellite, following the United States and Soviet Union. Here, we marvel at the space voyages that have taken us one step closer to deciphering the distant mystery that has intrigued mankind for millennia.

31 Dec 2013 - 10:41am 2 comments

China's moon-mining dream called pie in the sky

The lunar rover's landing was splashed across the front pages of mainland papers as seen from this newsstand in Beijing. Photo: EPA

China's moon rover will survey for minerals on a dusty, barren crater named the Bay of Rainbows, but experts say there may be no pot of gold on the earth's natural satellite.

16 Dec 2013 - 10:32am 1 comment

China's lunar rover Yutu rolls smoothly onto moon's surface

The national flag is clearly visible on the Yutu moon rover in this photograph taken by the camera on the Chang'e-3. Photo: Xinhua

China's lunar rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, has rolled on to the surface of the moon and started beaming its first photographs back to earth last night.

16 Dec 2013 - 12:54pm 4 comments

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