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Moon Rover Begins To "Sleep"

posted 26 Dec 2013, 05:32 by Mpelembe   [ updated 26 Dec 2013, 05:33 ]

China Moon Rover

China Central Television (CCTV) - China's moon rover "Yutu" (or Jade Rabbit) began to "sleep" since 05:23 on Thursday (Beijing time), after the lunar probe Chang'e-3 successfully landed on the moon on Dec 14, according to China's State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense.

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With the accurate control from the land, Yutu was set into hibernation mode. The lander of Chang'e-3 had begun to "sleep" on Wednesday.

During the moon night, the detector cannot generate energy because the sun light isn't available. The moon surface's lowest temperature can reach minus 180 degrees Celsius, so the detector need to turn off the attached devices, and use the radioisotope power source to keep warm.

Analyzing work on the data obtained by Chang'e-3 will be conducted during the 14-day moon night.

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