China's lunar rover fails to connect with controllers (updated)

By Ashley Yeager, 09:17 AM February 12, 2014

Yutu, China's first lunar rover, is dead.

Mission controllers in Beijing were unable to communicate with and restore the rover, also called Jade Rabbit, according to a Chinadaily report released February 12. A problem with the rover was first announced on January 25.

Chang'e 3, the lunar lander that carried Yutu to the moon, is apparently still in contact with mission control. The spacecraft, including the lander and the rover, made history on December 14 when it helped China become the first c...

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