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It appears that China's Jade Rabbit lunar explorer is not as dead as it looked, as Chinese officials say that the moon rover has managed to awaken from its slumber. China initially reported that the country's first lunar rover, Yutu, or the Jade Rabbit, couldn't be restored after it experienced a "mechanical abnormality" right …

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Pint

Good news

Looking forward to this rabbit's further progress.

I'll raise a glass to its success

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Coat

Re: Good news

Good news, but I hope the Jade Rabbit's not just...

living on burrowed time

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Well I think it's clear that it was a hare's breadth from being done for, I mean you can't just hop over to it to fix it. I bet the engineers found themselves in a right stew

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Re: Good news

Can someone please clarify whether this Rabbit is powered by either Duracell or Energizer?

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It will certainly have given them some paws for thought.

(Mines the little fur-lined number)

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Hmm

Probably built with cheap non original equipment.

'EvewWeddy or Duwacell batteries anyone?'

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Re: Good news

Yes but who did they steal the technology from?

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Rabbits' feet

A rabbit's foot is supposed to bring good luck.

The rabbit it came from had four and that didn't do it any good.

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Re: Good news

Or worse, stuck between a rock and a hard place.

Best of luck restoring the rover to function, PRC!

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It's ears are working, anyway.

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Trollface

"Did you try turning it off and on again?"

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Isn't that what caused the problem in the first place?

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Linux

Now That's what you get-

When you run (Red Flag) Linux!

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Happy

Re: Now That's what you get-

Oh, please yourselves...

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Yikes!

Yikes! A zombie robot bunny! On the moon! Someone call the Daily Sport, quick!

And mechanical abnormality? Pah, it's just a flesh, I mean chassis, wound...

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"mechanical control abnormality"

Meaning: the wheels fell off.

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Re: "mechanical control abnormality"

It may have had a dust up with the rogue cooker that patrols the moon…

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An OZ blogger...

There was an Australian blogger that mused on this problem. He advised that it was likely the folding solar panels that didn't retract before the 14-day deep-freeze. China's space program folks are trying to find out what-kind-if-any damage was caused by this deep-freeze. These 14-day cold-waves have been problems for ALL landers/rovers on the Moon. The Russians put Polonium inside their rovers and folded-down the solar panel to create a warm-area on the Lunokhods.

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"He advised that it was likely the folding solar panels that didn't retract before the 14-day deep-freeze."

Moon frost is a right blighter. Should have sent a bloke to scrape it off.

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Re: An OZ blogger...

The Chinese used plutonium heaters in Jade Rabbit, "according to some sources."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25384057

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Naaa - subcontract it to a clanger.

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Still Alive

And doing Science!

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But there's no sense crying over every mistake.

You just keep on trying till you run out of cake.

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It's hard to overstate my satisfaction.

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Re: Still Alive

Look at me still talking

when there's science to do.

When I look out there,

it makes me GLaD I'm not you.

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Standard Ts & Cs

> it's still troubled by that pesky "mechanical control abnormality"

I'm sure that if the chinese pay the postage, the suppliers will replace it for free.

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"I'm sure that if the chinese pay the postage, the suppliers will replace it for free."

IME you have to slag 'em off with a bad Amazon review before they'll even offer you that.

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Coat

Should have sent up two rabbits

Then there would be a heap of them to carry on the science.

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"It's not dead, it's just resting..."

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Call for Dr. Zitbag

We've located Zombunny...

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It became a dead rabbit? This assumes it was alive to start with ... Was it artificial life or really alive? That's a silly question, they wouldn't send real bunnies as they taste too nice so it must have been artificial life ... THE CHINESE HAVE DEVELOPED ARTIFICIAL LIFEFORMS - RUN FOR THE HILLS!

But why are the Chinese then sending lagomorphic lifeforms to the moon? Is it that they've run rampant over their fields and are sucking their rivers dry, immune to all that the Chinese artificial-lagomorph exterminator squad could throw at them? Perhaps the cunning Chinese sought to kill the pesky hares by sending them to the moon!

Aha! Dead as the proverbial (but tasty) roast dinner.

But no!

Even now they survive the ravages of the lunar surface ... they're out to get us ... it's only a matter of time before the chino-bunny finds a lunar lander and, to the theme of the A-Team, builds a rocket ship to return himself to the Earth... Beware The War of the Wabbits and narration by Richard Burton! Pom pom pom ... ta de dah, ta de dah ...

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So what you're saying is... we should watch out for the Rampant Rabbits?

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Not dead, merely... jaded.

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Trollface

Wait, no Monty Python reference?

After yesterday's Parrot Sketch reference, you didn't take this prime chance for a Holy Grail reference:

"I'm not dead yet!"

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

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Paris Hilton

Mechanical abnormal vibrations?

This rabbit isn't just alive- it's rampant!

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Headmaster

Coincidentally, this is kind of following the plot of "Rabbit, Run"

OK, overwrought literary reference there...but first the probe is gone, and now its back.

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Re: Coincidentally, this is kind of following the plot of "Rabbit, Run"

Schrödinger's rabbit?

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It is...

It is an ex ex-parrot...

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Their Own Fault - Serves Them Right

I realize that learning a new system of weights and measures is difficult. It wasn't that long ago when I was at ORNL and it was still ~50/50 Standard v Metric. Even machines in an ordered process would go back and forth between machines in the same process. It was difficult. A lot of errors were made.

But the fucking aliens ought to have a better handle on that shit. I mean, Come on guys. Christ. It shouldn't take an alien intelligence to know the (mostly) Standard tools left by the Apollo missions aren't fitting the Metric fasteners the Chinese use. This is grammar school shit kids. If the socket slips when you apply pressure you've got the wrong fucking size. Stop. If you don.... God damnit. Look what you've done now slackass. You've rounded off that bolt and you're screwed (ha!) now aren't ya?

Do you know how hard it is to remove a broken bolt from Chinese equipment? On a good day they've managed to bend physics and get a 15mm bolt through a 3mm hole that's 90 degrees out from the face plane. That's on their skillets and this is a 'space thing', it'll be even worse.

That's right little grey smarty pants. You get in there with your bolt extractor. Oh, that broke too? Do you know what's harder than a bolt extractor that's broken off inside a hole? That's right, nothing. There's not a god damn thing in the universe harder than a broken bolt extractor. So good fucking luck.

Hey! Is this why you've never invaded us? You broke your spaceships didn't you? Man, that's got to suck. I'm glad you're not dead and all, but being suck up here for a few more years will be good for you. I'm a huge fan of letting people (and aliens) work themselves out of the jams they get it it they aren't in any danger. You look healthy enough to me, so fuck off. Maybe this will teach you not to outsource your techs in the future. I'm going home now. Everything I own is British standard, to prevent tampering, so I really can't do much anyway. But remember for next time. I'll have billing send you an invoice for 1.5 hrs customer education time. Cash only.

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Re: Their Own Fault - Serves Them Right

I think you need a little lie down.

P.S.

Why are the Chinese being so coy about exactly what the 'mechanical abnormality' is?

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Re: Their Own Fault - Serves Them Right

If the socket slips when you apply pressure you've got the wrong fucking size. Stop. If you don.... God damnit. Look what you've done now slackass. You've rounded off that bolt and you're screwed (ha!) now aren't ya?

I certainly enjoyed that li'l tidbit more that my keyboard did...

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Re: Their Own Fault - Serves Them Right

Two words: Vice Grips.

That'll finish the job!

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Shoulda taken that left turn

at Albuquerque.

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Happy

Dropped a Clanger lander

...Jade Rabbit rescued by Soup Dragon.

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Well maybe.....

it multiplied like rabbits :)

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Coat

Now lemme get this straight...

The rabbit didn't die...so I'm not pregnant?

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I just want to thank the writer for clarifying that Yutu's owner Change'e is a *mythological* Moon goddess.

Don't want to get her confused with any of the real ones.

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> Don't want to get her confused with any of the real ones.

Like the one I met (briefly, just the time for her to ignore me) at the club last weekend.

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One of you was a geek!

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Run away!

The Chinese with their penchant for plagiarism have probably imbued this wabbit with some of the capabilities of the Rabbit of Caerbannog a very strong and dangerous beast requiring special weapons to defeat it.

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