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

by Ken Kremer March 3, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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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. Remove […]

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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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China’s Lunar Lander Spotted by Orbiting Spacecraft

by Jason Major December 30, 2013

Not much on the Moon escapes the eyes of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and China’s Chang’e-3 lander and Yutu rover are no exception! The pair touched down on the lunar surface on Dec. 14, and just over a week later on Dec. 25 LRO acquired the image above, showing the lander and the 120-kg (265-lb) […]

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