Xinhua has suggested that scientists may not be able to repair China’s beloved Yutu (Jade Rabbit) after the lunar rover experienced mechanical problems on Saturday night, and to really hit it home, the news source even decided to tug our heart strings by reporting the sad update as though it were coming straight from the moon buggy.
“Masters are working round the clock. In spite of that, I know I might not be able to make it through this lunar night,” the report read.
“If this journey is to be suspended ahead of schedule, I am not fearful. No matter whether I can be fixed or not, I believe I have left masters much valuable information and experience.”
The State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense previously announced that the lunar rover was experiencing a “mechanical control abnormality” just before it was about to enter its second dormancy on Saturday night.
Jiao Weixin, the deputy director of the China Society of Space Research’s space probe committee said in an SCMP report that it’s unclear as of now whether or not Yutu can be fixed.
“Scientists have little time as it’s already night on the moon. If the Jade Rabbit can’t continue working it will have a serious negative impact on this project as most research machinery is installed on the rover.”
Internet users have mourned the untimely breakdown of Yutu, many of them expressing their sympathies on the lunar rover’s official Weibo account.
“You have done a great job, Yutu. You have endured extreme hot and cold temperatures and shown us what we have never seen,” one internet user was quoted as saying by Xinhua.
Our hero Yutu still puts on a brave face: “I am not that sad. Like all the heroes in other stories, I have just encountered some problems in my adventure,” the Xinhua report read.