Jade Rabbit lunar rover declared lost
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Chinese state news today declared , China's first moon rover, irreparably damaged.
Thelander, the first lunar lander for 37 years and of the third nationality, touched down and launched Jade Rabbit in December. Jade Rabbit was designed to spend three months seeking out natural resources but has not functioned since a fault was discovered on January 25.
The probes have to shut down for two weeks each month to survive the "", during which surface temperature drops to -180 or less. The first lunar night of the mission was weathered successfully but Chinese scientists suspected the rover had failed on the 25th when the second night rolled in. Communication could only be attempted when the night ended on Monday, but reactivation efforts failed and the rover is now confirmed derelict.
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