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China's Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Reawakens After Short Hibernation
2014-02-14 14:51:58

[ Watch the Video: Jade Rabbit Lunar Rover Wakes Up ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After a dramatic, albeit premature eulogy, China’s lunar rover has sprung back to life like a zombie from The Walking Dead. In January, technical difficulties forced the rover, dubbed Jade Rabbit, into a hibernation period from which many said it may never emerge. "The Jade Rabbit went into sleep under an abnormal status," explained China’s space program spokesperson Pei...

Jade Rabbit Rover Says Goodbye
2014-01-27 15:33:51

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Over the weekend, China’s lunar rover said “Goodnight” to humanity. But even with a short lived mission the Chang’E-3 was still able to perform some science. The rover, also known as Jade Rabbit, suffered a crippling breakdown that hindered it from entering into hibernation mode as it prepared itself for a lunar night, which lasts about 14 Earth days. During a lunar night, the moon’s surface temperature can drop to nearly...

Jade Rabbit Moon Rover In Trouble
2014-01-27 05:13:41

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China's Jade Rabbit Moon rover experienced a "mechanical control abnormality," according to BBC China, and is currently in trouble. Xinhua news agency reports that the problems are due to the moon's "complicated lunar surface environment." In the first "soft" landing on the Moon since 1976, Jade Rabbit arrived in December 2013 as part of China's Chang'e-3 mission and was expected to operate around 3 months. Jade Rabbit, also...

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2011-02-21 11:35:00

State media reported on Monday that China's first Mars probe will be launched from a Russian rocket in November, two years later than originally planned. The state-run China Daily reported, citing comments from a China Academy of Space Technology official, that China's Mars explorer marks the country's first attempt at deep space exploration after sending a probe to the moon. According to previous reports, the 240-pound micro-satellite was originally due to blast off in October 2009 with...

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2011-01-03 06:35:00

China, working jointly with Russia, plans to launch its first Mars probe in October after a two-year delay, state media reported on Sunday. Yinghuo-1 was due to blast off in October 2009 along with Russia's "Phobos Explorer" from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but the launch was postponed, Xinhua news agency said. The media report, quoting an anonymous expert at China Academy of Space Technology, said the launch was pushed back to October 2011. It also reported that China plans to...

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2010-11-08 10:50:00

On Monday, China is reported to have released photos that its lunar probe took of the spot the nation picked out for its first landing on the moon. The National Space Administration said in a statement that the photos of the moon's surface were taken at the end of last month by the Chang'e-2 unmanned probe. The probe was launched October 1 and went into orbit eight days later.  It was expected to first circle the moon at a distance of 62 miles, and then drop into orbit just 9...


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