Tuesday / 7 January 2014

Chang’e-3 & Yutu Rover Set To Resume Operations


China Moon Lander & Rover To Awaken From 2-Week Lunar Night Hibernation ~8 Jan For 1st Full Lunar Day Of Operations; Solar Panels & Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator Using 238-Plutonium Dioxide Power Lander Instruments During Day, RTG Provides Heat During Night; Yutu Rover Powered By Solar Panels, Uses Radioisotope Heater Units & ‘Fold-Up’ Technique To Survive Cold Nights, Expected Operational Life Is Minimum 3 Months

Image Credit: China Space, NASA