China's moon rover Jade Rabbit says farewell

Story highlights

  • China's popular moon rover has stopped operations, China's science agency says
  • It functioned 972 days on the moon

(CNN)Farewell, Jade Rabbit and thanks for the memories. Fans of China's first unmanned lunar rover, which had an active social media presence, said their goodbyes this week.

The probe, known as the Yutu, or Jade Rabbit, ceased operations after 972 days of service on the moon, reported Xinhua, the Chinese state-run news agency, citing China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.