China’s Moon Rover Encounters Mechanical Problem
The country’s first moon rover the Jade Rabbit seems to have malfunction halfway through its three month mission on the moon. Currently the Jade Rabbit moon rover is experiencing a mechanical control abnormality and solutions is being examined on the best way to handle the repairs.
Scientists stated that problem was the result of a complicated lunar surface environment and no further details were given by the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense. The solar powered moon rover was supposed to carry out geological surveys and observations for at least three months since the Beijing Aerospace Control Center declared the rover’s soft landing on December 14. The problem came when the rover entered its second dormancy early morning Friday at the start of the lunar night which is about two weeks Earth time. The lunar daytime temperature is said to reach 100 degrees Celsius and drops to 180 degrees Celsius at night.
The moon rover along with the lunar lander Chang’e-3 woke up from its dormant state after two weeks. Directors for the space probe were surprised that the rove has encountered problems on such an early stage of the project.