It’s alive! China’s beloved moon rover Yutu (Jade Rabbit) has awakened from its dormancy after falling to sleep under an ‘abnormal status’ and leaving its fans with a pretty dismal outlook for recovery.
“Yutu has come back to life,” said Pei Zhaoyu, a spokesman with the country’s lunar probe program said today.
Pei said that Yutu has been restored to its normal signal reception function but experts have yet to confirm the cause of its mechanical control abnormality.
Experts had discovered the abnormality just before the rover entered its second dormancy on January 25 as the lunar night fell, and feared that it might not be able to survive frigid temperatures during its celestial nap.
“The rover stands a chance of being saved now that it is still alive,” Pei said.
Following some disheartening messages sent back to Earth via Xinhua, the lunar rover’s official Weibo account posted its first update since the abnormality was detected.
“Hi, anybody there?” it asked in the post, receiving tens of thousands of replies.
Previously on Shanghaiist: Patrick Stewart gives dramatic reading of Yutu’s somber farewell message