China's moon rover Yutu (English translation "Jade Rabbit") – which was previously reported to have been dead due to an unidentified fault – has come back to life by itself.
The unmanned lunar rover underwent 'a mechanical control abnormality' on January 25 and wouldn't respond properly to commands sent to it from Earth.
It was expected to be restored to full functionality on Monday, but that didn't happen. After assuming it won't wake up, Chinese netizens mourned the rover's loss on their regional social networking website Weibo.
However, the Asian powerhouse's lunar probe program's representative Pei Zhaoyu announced the good news that delighted the country's billion plus population.
"Yutu has come back to life!" Zhaoyu said. "The rover stands a chance of being saved now that it is still alive."
He further said that the moon rover is back working at its normal capacity, although there is still no explanation for what caused it to react abnormally in the first place. The experts are working in the background to detect the root cause, so that it can be avoided in the future.
Yutu was launched last year on December 1, and it reached the Moon's surface two weeks later. By doing so, it became the first rover to do a soft landing on the Moon since 1976.