China’s Imperiled Jade Rabbit Moon Rover: ‘Goodnight, Humanity’

from China’s brand new moon rover is already saying farewell. The diminutive lunar explorer, known as Jade Rabbit, or “Yutu” in Chinese, was about halfway through a three-month mission to study the moon’s crust when it suffered a potentially crippling breakdown, said state media. The report, authored by China’s state-run Xinhua news, was written in the voice of the rover itself. “Although I should’ve gone to bed this morning, my masters discovered something abnormal with my mechanical control system,” said the Xinhua report, in the voice of the Jade Rabbit. “My masters are staying up all night working for a solution. I heard their eyes are looking more like my red rabbit eyes.

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