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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-27-2014 12:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by dom:
Some are speculating that the lid on the rover (does it have one like Lunokhod?) might not have closed properly.
The two solar panels fold in to form a lid over the stowed high-gain antenna and camera mast. It is not clear from Chinese media reports if the mast was able to be stowed or if one or both of the solar panels failed to fold down — or whether it was some other problem.

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posted 01-27-2014 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So we basically don't know what the problem is! Realistically, it's got to be something to do with the lid not closing and a long lunar 'winter night' looming

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According to BBC News, Jade Rabbit is declared dead.
China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover has been declared dead on the surface of the Moon, state media have reported.

The robot suffered a serious mechanical problem last month; officials have said it "could not be restored to full function".

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-12-2014 01:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Meanwhile, the state-run Xinhua is reporting:
The little rabbit is getting better and shows some signs of awakening. Let's wait.

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posted 02-12-2014 01:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dom   Click Here to Email dom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't forget the rover might be dead but the lander is still functioning!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-12-2014 02:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
UHF Satcom out of the UK has just reported receiving a "pretty good signal" from Yutu on the moon.
And, the signal we've all been waiting for, direct downlink from the Yutu rover!
The China Space Facebook page also confirms:
Official news: Yutu is still alive. Mission control is busy working on it. Please give them more time.

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posted 02-12-2014 08:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The rumors of Yutu's death were indeed premature... from Xinhua:
China's moon rover Yutu has waken up from a troubled dormancy although experts are still trying to figure out the cause of its abnormality, a spokesman with the country's lunar probe program said on Thursday.

"Yutu has come back to life!" said Pei Zhaoyu, the spokesperson.

Pei said the moon rover, named after the pet of a lunar goddess in ancient Chinese mythology, has now been restored to its normal signal reception function. But experts are still working to verify the causes of its mechanical control abnormality.

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It might be alive, but what kind of life is it living? Has it moved at all or is it paralyzed?


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