Yutu2 (玉兔; Yùtù; "Jade Rabbit"), a robotic lunar rover, has a small [nuclear] generator, & solar panels. Still operating, looks good. All updates are in Chinese language; a bit Sovietskii — Bob Zimmerman

Jan 11, 06:59 AM

Photo: The moon rabbit in folklore is a rabbit that lives on the Moon, based on pareidolia that identifies the markings of the Moon as a rabbit. The folklore originated in China, and then spread to other Asian cultures. Here, the mythological white hare making the elixir of immortality on the Moon, from Chinese mythology. Embroidered onto 18th-century Imperial Chinese robes. An artist from the Qing emperors' court — an 18th-century embroidered Chinese emperor's robe. Reproduced in: Anthony Christie, "Chinese Mythology", 1983, p. 63.

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Robert Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com, & author of Genesis; in re: Chinese rover named Yutu2: Yutu (玉兔; Yùtù; "Jade Rabbit") was a robotic lunar rover that formed part of the Chinese Chang'e 3 mission to the Moon. It was launched on 1 December 2013. Moved 100 yards with pictures each of the other; then intentionally went into safe mode while the heat of the Sun was the worst. All updates are in Chinese language; a bit Sovietskii. Still operating, looks good. Power source is . . . a small radio isotope thermoelectric generator? Similar to New Horizons and Voyager, but provides power during nighttime periods when there’s not light. Also has solar panels. Robot has what looks like an artificial head? Probably the antenna; it's the angle, pointing back to Earth. Looks like a Chinese equivalent of a Samurai warrior. SpaceX policy: any launch is preceded by a dress-rehearsal countdown. Launch pad, test Dragon capsule; all ready to go. Did a dry simulation. . . .