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China's lunar rover "awakes" despite abnormality:spokesman

English.news.cn   2014-02-13 09:35:00

Screen shows the photo of the Yutu moon rover taken by the camera on the Chang'e-3 moon lander during the mutual-photograph process, at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 15, 2013. The moon rover and the moon lander took photos of each other Sunday night, marking the complete success of the Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)

Screen shows the photo of the Yutu moon rover taken by the camera on the Chang'e-3 moon lander during the mutual-photograph process, at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center in Beijing, capital of China, Dec. 15, 2013. The moon rover and the moon lander took photos of each other Sunday night, marking the complete success of the Chang'e-3 lunar probe mission. (Xinhua/Wang Jianmin)

BEIJING, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- China's moon rover Yutu "awakes" and is able to pick up signals despite it is still experiencing a mechanical control abnormality, a spokesman with the country's lunar probe program said on Thursday.

Pei Zhaoyu, the spokesman, said "the rover stands a chance of being saved as it is still alive".

The rover showed abnormality before it entered its second dormancy on the moon on January 25 as the lunar night fell, prompting worries that it cannot survive the low temperatures on the moon.

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