The abnormity occurred due to ‘the complicated lunar surface environment’, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense (SASTIND) said without giving further details.
    
The abnormity emerged before the rover went into its second dormancy at dawn today as the lunar night fell again, the state-run Xinhua news agency said, citing SASTIND.
    
Scientists were ‘organizing an overhaul’, it said, without giving further details.
    
The Jade Rabbit or ‘Yutu’ in Chinese was deployed on the moon’s surface on December 15, several hours after the Chang'e-3 probe landed.
    
On January 18 rover 'Yutu' collected a large amount space observation and moon exploration data.
    
The lunar probe mission, comprising the lender Chang'e-3 and rover Yutu, was launched in December as part of the second phase of the Chinese Lunar Exploration Programme.
    
The mission, who made the first soft-landing on the Moon since 1976, makes China the third country to successfully send a lunar rover to the moon after US and the former Soviet Union.

(Agencies)

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