The Rabbit Bulletin: JadeRabbit

When out strolling around I saw this mural of a rabbit standing on a moon-like surface. That reminded me of the Chinese mobile space rover named Jade Rabbit that landed on the far side of the moon on January 3rd, the first time by any nation.

Jade Rabbit 2 will collect scientific data to help scientists learn more about the early conditions of the Solar System.

Besides collecting the info mentioned above, China is also doing some reconnaissance and developing the technologies required for a crewed mission to the moon. Beijing has made it known that it would like to eventually build a base on the lunar surface.

The lunar rover Jade Rabbit 2 and its Chang’e 4 lander are the second rabbit-themed Chinese space craft landing on the moon, following the Jade Rabbit 1 that landed in 2013.

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