Lu­nar rover Yutu ‘goes to sleep’

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA -

China’s moon rover Yutu (Jade Rab­bit) “went to sleep” at 5:23 am Bei­jing time on Thurs­day as the mis­sion’s first lu­nar night fell, the State Ad­min­is­tra­tion of Sci­ence, Tech­nol­ogy and In­dus­try for Na­tional De­fense said. The com­mand was is­sued by the Bei­jing Aero­space Con­trol Center. One night on the moon is equiv­a­lent to about 14 days on Earth, dur­ing which the tem­per­a­ture falls be­low -180 C and there is no sun­light to power Yutu’s so­lar panel.

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