Yutu (rover)

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Yutu was a robotic lunar rover that formed part of the Chinese Chang'e 3 mission to the Moon.wikipedia
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Lunar rover

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Yutu was a robotic lunar rover that formed part of the Chinese Chang'e 3 mission to the Moon.
Other rovers have been partially or fully autonomous robots, such as Soviet Lunokhods and the Chinese Yutus.

Chang'e 3

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Yutu was a robotic lunar rover that formed part of the Chinese Chang'e 3 mission to the Moon. Landing (Chang'e 3 and Chang'e 4) Unlike NASA and ESA, the China National Space Administration reveals little about its missions to the public, so detailed information about Chang'e 3 is limited.
The rover was named Yutu following an online poll, after the mythological rabbit that lives on the Moon as a pet of the Moon goddess.

Moon rabbit

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The rover's name was selected in an online poll, and is a reference to the pet rabbit of Chang'e, the goddess of the Moon in Chinese mythology.
The Chinese lunar rover Yutu, which landed on the Moon on December 14, 2013, was named after the Jade Rabbit as a result of an online poll.

Moon

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Yutu was a robotic lunar rover that formed part of the Chinese Chang'e 3 mission to the Moon.
The post-Apollo era has also seen two rover missions: the final Soviet Lunokhod mission in 1973, and China's ongoing Chang'e 3 mission, which deployed its Yutu rover on 14 December 2013.

Rover (space exploration)

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The mission marks the first soft landing on the Moon since 1976 and the first rover to operate there since the Soviet Lunokhod 2 ceased operations on 11 May 1973.
Chang'e 3 is a Chinese Moon mission that includes a robotic lunar rover Yutu, named after the pet rabbit of Chang'e, the goddess of the Moon in Chinese mythology.

Chang'e 4

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Landing (Chang'e 3 and Chang'e 4)
What is known is that much of the Chang'e 4 lander and rover design is modeled after Chang'e-3 and its Yutu rover.

Chinese Lunar Exploration Program

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The Chinese Lunar Exploration Program was divided into three main operational phases:
Chang'e 3, launched on 2 December 2013 aboard a Long March 3B rocket, landed on the Moon on 14 December 2013. It carried with it a 140 kg lunar rover named Yutu, which was designed to explore an area of 3 sqkm during a 3-month mission. It was also supposed to conduct ultra-violet observations of galaxies, active galactic nuclei, variable stars, binaries, novae, quasars, and blazars, as well as the structure and dynamics of the Earth's plasmasphere.

Chang'e

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The rover's name was selected in an online poll, and is a reference to the pet rabbit of Chang'e, the goddess of the Moon in Chinese mythology.
The lander also delivered the robotic rover Yutu ("Jade Rabbit") to the lunar surface.

Chang'e 2

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Orbiting (Chang'e 1 and Chang'e 2)
Chang'e 3/Yutu lunar rover

Ground-penetrating radar

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The Yutu rover carried a ground-penetrating radar and spectrometers to inspect the composition of the soil and the structure of the lunar crust beneath it.
The Chinese lunar rover Yutu has a GPR on its underside to investigate the soil and crust of the Moon.

Long March 3B

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In 2013, it successfully launched China's first lunar lander Chang'e 3 and lunar rover Yutu.

Lunokhod 2

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The mission marks the first soft landing on the Moon since 1976 and the first rover to operate there since the Soviet Lunokhod 2 ceased operations on 11 May 1973.

Chinese mythology

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The rover's name was selected in an online poll, and is a reference to the pet rabbit of Chang'e, the goddess of the Moon in Chinese mythology.

Lunar soil

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Chang'e 3 performed the first direct radar measurement of the structure and depth of the lunar soil down to a depth of 30 m, and investigated the lunar crust structure down to several hundred meters deep.

Internal structure of the Moon

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The Yutu rover carried a ground-penetrating radar and spectrometers to inspect the composition of the soil and the structure of the lunar crust beneath it. Chang'e 3 performed the first direct radar measurement of the structure and depth of the lunar soil down to a depth of 30 m, and investigated the lunar crust structure down to several hundred meters deep.

Chang'e 1

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Orbiting (Chang'e 1 and Chang'e 2)

NASA

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Unlike NASA and ESA, the China National Space Administration reveals little about its missions to the public, so detailed information about Chang'e 3 is limited.

European Space Agency

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Unlike NASA and ESA, the China National Space Administration reveals little about its missions to the public, so detailed information about Chang'e 3 is limited.

China National Space Administration

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Unlike NASA and ESA, the China National Space Administration reveals little about its missions to the public, so detailed information about Chang'e 3 is limited.

Mars Exploration Rover

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Aspects of Yutu's design and several of its experiments may have been based on NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers.

Lunokhod 1

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Its wheel design is believed to have been considerably influenced by what was used on the Russian Lunokhod 1 rover.

Infrared spectroscopy

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It is smaller than the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and carries similar instruments: panoramic cameras, an infrared spectrometer and an alpha particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS).

Alpha particle X-ray spectrometer

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It is smaller than the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, and carries similar instruments: panoramic cameras, an infrared spectrometer and an alpha particle X-ray spectrometer (APXS).

Solar panel

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Yutu was designed to explore an area of 3 sqkm during its three-month mission, with a maximum travelling distance of 10 km. Energy was provided by two solar panels, allowing the rover to operate through lunar days.