On Saturday the state news agency Xinhua broke the news of Jade Rabbit’s “mechanical control abnormality” with a statement written from the point of view of the Moon rover itself.
"The bad news is, I was supposed to go to sleep this morning, but before I went to sleep, my masters found some mechanical control abnormalities," the message read.
"Some parts of my body won’t listen to their commands. Now my masters are hard at work thinking of ways to fix me … even so, I know that it’s possible I won’t be able to endure this night."
Jade Rabbit, or Yutu in Chinese, landed on the Moon’s surface on 15 December last year and has been a great source of pride in China, where the rover’s journey has been followed widely. The landing, part of the Chinese Chang’e-3 mission, was the first of its kind since 1976.
"I originally thought I could hop around up here for three months," Jade Rabbit continued. "But if this trip is to end prematurely, I’m not afraid. Whether or not they can fix me, I know that my breakdown can provide my masters with a lot of valuable information and experience.
"I’ll tell everyone a little secret: I’m actually not that sad," it concluded. "I’m just in my own adventure story, and like any protagonist, I encountered a bit of a problem. Goodnight, Earth. Goodnight, humans."
- Monday 27 January 2014 10.15 EST -
Frances Perraudin and agencies in Beijing
**In Chinese mythology, the Jade Rabbit lives on the Moon where he makes an elixir of immortality. According to Korean and Japanese myths, a rabbit lives on the Moon making rice cakes (Tteok - the Korean word for rice cakes in general, and mochi, a different type of a rice cake, in the Japanese myth).
Read more: http://www.disclose.tv/forum/chang-e-the-jade-rabbit-china-s-occult-moon-mythology-t90823.html#ixzz2rkbe6D7S
P.S. Photos found yesterday at work