Lunar Moon Rover Roars Back to Life
China’s Jade Rabbit is finally showing signs of life after weeks of being dormant and experts are still working on finding the cause of its abnormality. A spokesperson for the lunar probe program said that the moon rover came back to life and has returned to its normal signal reception function and experts are now working on to verify the cause of the abnormality.
Problems emerge when the moon rover entered its second dormancy last January 25 as the lunar night fell. The rover went to sleep under a abnormal status which brought concern to experts that thinking the rover might not survive the moon’s extremely low temperature during night time.
Now the moon rover show signs of being saved after coming back to life. The Jade Rabbit rolled on the moon surface last December a few hours after the Chang’e-3 lunar probe had its soft landing on the moon. The lunar probe belongs to the second phase of the country’s lunar program that plans to do maneuvers such as orbiting, landing and returning to Earth. China is the third country to successfully do a soft landing on the moon after the US and Russia.