CHINA LANDER ROVER IN DISTANCE (2)

Looks like China’s lunar rover, Yutu (Jade Rabbit), may have stubbed its lucky foot.

China’s Xinhua news agency said the Moon rover “has experienced a mechanical control abnormality, and scientists are organizing repairs.”

Not clear how serious the abnormality, but the news agency said it happened due to “complicated lunar surface environment,” citing the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND).

The issue with the mobile robot emerged as it entered its second dormancy at dawn on Saturday as the lunar night fell, according to SASTIND.

The Chang’e 3 lander also went into scheduled hibernation, but earlier on Friday.

By Leonard David

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