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Chinese lunar rover is showing signs of life after eight months
China has with its lunar rover Yutu know the communication to recover. The contact was broken during the two-week cold moonlit night and the vehicle seemed lost, but now Yutu again showing signs of life, he may be able to operate normally.
“Yutu has come back to life”, said a spokesman for the Chinese space agency against the Chinese state media Xinhua. According to him, the moon rover went under abnormal conditions in sleep mode, but there is a chance that the vehicle can continue to function now contact is restored.
Lunar Rover Yutu – Chinese for ‘rabbit jade “and named after the pet of an ancient Chinese goddess – landed in December 2013 on the lunar surface, but struggled with problems at the start of the moonlit night, a fortnight lasts and where the temperature – 140 degrees Celsius. Include the solar panel was not properly folded about the instruments, which the systems were less protected against the cold.
Last Monday, the scientists have not managed to recover which was feared that had given up the rover and was overcome by the cold in communication. That appears unjustified. Technicians of the Chinese space agency is still investigating what went wrong with the mechanical operation.
The lunar rover should soil and geological composition of the lunar surface analysis, possible to give China an idea or useful minerals to be won. It is the first lunar rover in China and the first vehicle since forty years that moves on the lunar surface.
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