Following Yutu’s weird/sweet trend of communicating with netizens via Weibo, many online users reached out to China’s moon buggy asking it to help find the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 when it woke up from its third dormancy on Friday.
China’s beloved moon rover Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, awoke at 6:42 a.m. on Friday after its third lunar nap. “Don’t poke me… I’m already up!” read a message posted to the rover’s Weibo account shortly after.
ECNS.cn relays that thousands of netizens sent their best wishes to the rover and updated it on the missing flight.
Yutu replied on Weibo, “I was told about the incident, and the missing plane, please tell me these incidents are not true.”
“Sorry, but I can’t help, since it is beyond my capability to see things on earth with my eyes. I will try my best to help my human friends,” it said in another post.
Yutu, named after the pet rabbit of the mythological Chinese goddess Chang’e, has over 630,000 followers on Weibo.
Meanwhile, the number of countries involved in the search and rescue operation of MH370, missing for over a week now, has been increased to 26. The aircraft was carrying 239 people on board, including 154 Chinese passengers.
China has attacked Malaysia’s handling of the investigation into the missing plane that is now believed to have been deliberately steered off course, as Xinhua said two days ago that “massive efforts have been squandered, and numerous rumors have been spawned, repeatedly racking the nerves of the awaiting families”.