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Friday, 05 August 2016 - 14:11
China's Moon rover dies
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A Chinese rover sent to the moon in 2013 has stopped operating, officials announced Wednesday, ending a groundbreaking 31-month mission that made discoveries in lunar geology and catapulted China’s space program to new heights.

The long-lived Yutu rover lost its mobility about a month after landing, but it kept returning science data. Ground controllers stayed in contact with Yutu, which means “jade rabbit” in Chinese, until some time in the last few days.

China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday that the six-wheeled has stopped operating. Reports suggested the rover may have succumbed to cold temperatures during the two-week lunar night that began July 28.
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