China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover dies in blaze of online glory (Update)

August 3, 2016 11:53 AM

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China's Jade Rabbit lunar rover dies in blaze of online glory (Update)

China's troubled but beloved Jade Rabbit lunar rover has whirred its last, state media said Wednesday, after it bid humanity farewell on social media.

The device, designed for a lifespan of a mere three months, surveyed the moon's surface for 31 months, the official Xinhua new service said, overcoming numerous technical problems and design flaws to become a national icon.

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