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China’s Yutu Rover Is Still Alive, Reports Say, As Lunar Panorama Released

by Elizabeth Howell September 8, 2014

It hasn’t been an easy few lunar months for the Yutu rover, which reportedly had problems positioning its solar panels in March while exploring the lunar surface. That said, reports are emerging that the rover is still alive. Along with those reports came a new panorama released in time for the Moon Festival in that […]

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China’s Yutu Moon Rover Unable to Properly Maneuver Solar Panels

by Ken Kremer March 3, 2014

The serious technical malfunction afflicting the life and continued operations of China’s Yutu moon rover since the start of its second Lunar Night time hibernation in late January 2014 has been identified as an inability to properly maneuver the life giving solar panels, according to a top Chinese space official. “Yutu suffered a control circuit […]

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Yutu Moon Rover Starts 3rd Night Time Hibernation But Technical Problems Persist

by Ken Kremer February 23, 2014

The world famous and hugely popular ‘Yutu’ rover entered its 3rd Lunar night time hibernation period this weekend as planned, but serious technical troubles persist that are hampering science operations Chinese space managers confirmed. “China’s lunar rover Yutu entered its third planned dormancy on Saturday, with the mechanical control issues that might cripple the vehicle […]

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Low-Flying Moon Probe Spies Craters And Mountains While Seeking Stars

by Elizabeth Howell February 14, 2014

While NASA’s newest lunar probe was tracking the stars, it also captured the moon! This series of star tracker images shows Earth’s closest large neighbour from a close-up orbit. And as NASA explains, the primary purpose of these star-tracking images from the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) was not the lunar pictures themselves. Elizabeth […]

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China’s Historic Moon Robot Duo Awaken from 1st Long Frigid Night and Resume Science Operations

by Ken Kremer January 13, 2014

Chinese Moon Robots Wake up! China’s history making moon robots – the Chang’e-3 lander and Yutu rover – have just awoken from the forced slumber of survival during their first, long frigid lunar night and have now resumed full operations – marking a major milestone in the mission. This landmark achievement offers a realistic prognosis […]

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