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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — China’s maiden moon rover Yutu awoke from its regular two-week-long slumber on Friday, to begin the fourth lunar day since the probe's history-making lunar touchdown in mid-December.
The Chang'e 3 lander that deposited Yutu onto the pockmarked lunar surface awoke two days earlier, on March 12. "Yutu and the lander have restarted their operations and are exploring as scheduled,” according to China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, or SASTIND, the agency responsible for executing the Chang'e-3 mission.
"The control issues that have troubled Yutu since January remain," China's Xinhua news agency reported. The Yutu rover is still suffering from an inability to maneuver its energy-generating solar panels. It is also unable to activate its six wheels and move around the surface.
Fortunately, the panoramic camera, radar and other science instruments and equipment on the rover are functioning normally, SASTIND said.
— Ken Kremer, Universe Today
Ken Kremer is a speaker, scientist, freelance science journalist and photographer based in Princeton, N.J. This is a condensed version of a report from Universe Today. Read the full report. Copyright 2014 Universe Today. Reprinted with permission.