China’s lunar rover “wakes up”: spokesman – Jade Rabbit not dead yet [Xinhua]

Prior to this, AFP already ran a story that went global that ‘Jade Rabbit’ is dead. Some Western media are so desperate, they pronounce early funerals for Chinese robots!!! – Zuo Shou

BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) — China’s moon rover Yutu is awake after its troubled dormancy but experts are still trying to find out the cause of its abnormality, a spokesman with the country’s lunar probe program said on Thursday.

“Yutu has come back to life,” said Pei Zhaoyu, the spokesman.

Pei said the moon rover, named after the pet of a lunar goddess in ancient Chinese mythology, has now been restored to its normal signal reception function. But experts are still working to verify the cause of its mechanical control abnormality.

The problem emerged before Yutu entered its second dormancy on the moon on Jan. 25 as the lunar night fell.

“Yutu went to sleep under an abnormal status,” Pei said, adding that experts were concerned that it might not be able to survive the extremely low temperatures during the lunar night.

“The rover stands a chance of being saved now that it is still alive,” he said…

Full article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2014-02/13/c_133111955.htm

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