Jade Rabbit Rover Awake!

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover is awake following a hibernation due to mechanical issues and is leaving messages for fans online.

    Like a story right out of a drama, China’s lunar rover came back to life after a threatening problem forced it into hibernation.  Immediately before the rover went to sleep, it delivered it’ on eulogy via China’s version of Twitter saying, “I thought I could hop around here for three months, but if this trip ends prematurely, I’m not afraid.”  And ending with “Goodnight, Earth.  Goodnight, humans.”  Scientists didn’t know if Jade Rabbit would make it through the cold lunar night but low-and-behold the rover awoke from it’s slumber and posted a simple message saying “Hi, anybody there?”  The rover was released onto the moon’s surface on December 15 from China’s Change’e-3 probe.  Such a cute story.