China’s pioneering trip to the far side of the moon has a social media account which is keeping people on Earth informed of the mission’s ‘nap’ schedule. The ‘noon nap’ is designed to protect the machinery from the relentless heat of the moon during the lunar day. Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit 2, rover landed on the moon on January 4 and, after testing its components were working properly, announced it was taking a ‘siesta’. The 308lbs (139kg) rover, which has six independently controlled wheels, is expected to wake-up and resume work on January 10. Temperatures can soar to nearly 200°C (392°F) and Yutu-2 is capable of protecting and cooling itself to maintain a core temperature of less than 55°C (131°F). Scroll down for video The Yutu-2 – or Jade Rabbit 2 – rover drove off its lander’s ramp and onto the moon’s far side at 10:22pm GMT on Thursday, about 12 hours after the Chinese spacecraft carrying it came to rest. Its scientific instruments include a panoramic camera, ground-penetrating radar, and instruments to identify the chemical makeup of the lunar surface Twitter is blocked by the Chinese government but microblogging site Weibo is popular in the country and the posts… Read full this story
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