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China’s lunar rover Jade Rabbit retires

Updated: Aug 3,2016 7:25 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China’s lunar rover Jade Rabbit, launched as part of the Chang’e-3 lunar mission in 2013, has stopped operations, according to an official announcement.

The State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said on Aug 3 that Chang’e-3, China’s first lunar lander, has operated on the moon for 31 months, exceeding its design life by 19 months.

Chang’e-3 entered its 33rd lunar night on July 28. A lunar night lasts approximately 14 earth days.

According to SASTIND, the Chang’e-3 has collected a large amount of scientific data, and the Jade Rabbit, far exceeding its design life of three months, completed many challenging missions for Chang’e-3, such as obtaining images of the moon’s geological layers for the first time.