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Moon rover, lander wake after lunar night

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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 12 January 2014 - 08:32 PM

Moon rover, lander wake after lunar night


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BEIJING, Jan. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's moon rover "Yutu" (Jade Rabbit) and the Chang'e-3 lander have just "woken up" after a period of dormancy that lasted two weeks, or one lunar night, in a move designed to ride out harsh climactic conditions.

Yutu was awakened autonomously at 5:09 a.m. Beijing Time on Saturday and has finished necessary setting procedures and entered a normal working mode following orders from the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC), according to a statement issued by the BACC on Sunday.    

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Posted 14 January 2014 - 08:03 PM

China's moon rover performs first lunar probe


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BEIJING, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- China's moon rover "Yutu", or Jade Rabbit, completed its first scientific exploration of lunar soil on Tuesday, the Beijing Aerospace Control Center (BACC) said.

The rover used its mechanical arm to survey the lunar soil at 21:45 Beijing Time, following instructions from the control center, according to a BACC statement.    

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 03:02 AM

China's lunar probe observes stars, explores moon


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BEIJING, Jan. 17 (Xinhua) -- Moon lander Chang'e-3 and rover "Yutu" of China's lunar probe mission have collected a large amount space observation and moon exploration data, a government authority said on Friday.

A moon-based optical telescope on the lander has been observing lights from many celestial objects at near ultraviolet wavelengths, and has detected 23 stars, said a statement from the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence.    

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