China's Jade Rabbit declared dead

2014-02-12 21:59
China's Jade Rabbit is still. (AP)

China's Jade Rabbit is still. (AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Beijing - China's troubled Jade Rabbit lunar rover has died on the surface of the moon, state media reported on Wednesday, in a major setback for the country's ambitious space programme.

The rover "could not be restored to full function", the state-owned China News Service said in a brief statement, after the country's first moon rover ran into mechanical problems last month.

The Jade Rabbit, or Yutu in Chinese, was deployed on the moon's surface on 15 December. The landing was the first of its kind since the former Soviet Union's mission nearly four decades ago.

But the rover experienced a "mechanical control abnormality" late in January, according to the official Xinhua news agency, and has been unable to function since then.

The mission was a huge source of pride in China, the third country to successfully send a lunar rover to the moon, after the United States and the former Soviet Union.

Read more on:    china  |  space

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Amazing solar inventions!

Solar power is lighting up the world, and not just on rooftops anymore.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

There is a tendency to get too caught up in group dynamics and high expectations and ideals, that your own personal needs more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.