BEIJING: China has chosen the name “Yutu-2”, or Jade Rabbit-2, for its new moon rover, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) announced late Thursday.
The CNSA made the announcement after China’s Chang’e-4 probe, comprised of a lander and a rover, landed on the far side of the moon earlier in the day.
In Chinese folklore, Yutu is the white pet rabbit of Chang’e, the moon goddess who lent her name to the Chinese lunar mission.
Legend has it that Chang’e, after swallowing a magic pill, took her pet and flew toward the moon where she became a goddess and has lived with the white jade rabbit ever since.
Last August, China launched a worldwide poll to name the rover. According to the CNSA, a total of 42,945 proposed names were submitted from Aug. 15 to Sept. 5, among which 3,192 names were submitted by more than two participants.
During the final round, Yutu-2 stood out from nine other names in online voting and a special committee discussion. The other names included “Tansuo” (Explore), “Guangming” (Light), and “Jintu” (Golden rabbit).
The CNSA said that Yutu is a symbol of kindness, purity, and agility, and is identical to the moon rover in both outlook and connotation. It also reflects China’s peaceful use of space.
Yutu-2 faces more challenges than Yutu as its landing area, the Aitken Basin, is the largest, deepest and oldest crater in the solar system. “We hope Yutu-2 can make its exploration with no fear and have a more stable, wide and long journey,” said the CNSA in a statement.
Like its predecessor, Yutu-2, capable of enduring vacuum pressure, intense radiation, and extreme temperatures is equipped with four scientific payloads, including a panoramic camera, infrared imaging spectrometer and radar measurement devices, to obtain images of the moon’s surface and detect lunar soil and structure.
Tokyo stocks open higher!
TOKYO: Stocks opened here higher today, tracking gains on Wall Street due to optimism over US-China trade talks, with investors closely eyeing the US Federal Reserve’s meeting later this week.
The Nikkei 225 index added 0.65 percent, or 139.64 points, to 21,590.49 in early trade, while the broader Topix index climbed 0.43 percent, or 6.82 points, to 1,609.45.
Indian troops launch CASOs in Pulwama
ISLAMABAD: Indian troops launched cordon and search operations (CASOs) in different areas of Pulwama district in occupied Kashmir on Monday.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops launched door-to-door searches in Drabgam and Beighpora and Aripal areas of the district.
The troops comprising Rashtriya Rifles, Central Reserve Police Force and Special Operation Group cordoned off Beighpora early in the morning and conducted searches.
Door-to-door searches were carried out many times in the village after all the entry and exit routes were blocked with heavy deployment of Indian soldiers.
“People from many adjoining villages could not move out due to heavy deployment of Indian forces present in the area,” a resident said.
China officially bids for 2023 Asian Cup
SHANGHAI: China has formally submitted a bid to host the 2023 Asian Cup, state media said, another sign of the country’s determination to eventually stage a football World Cup.
China has hosted the Asian Cup once before, in 2004, but its latest attempt is significant because of President Xi Jinping’s stated desire for the country to hold a World Cup.
The World Cup tournaments for 2030 or 2034 have regularly been mooted as the most likely that China will go for.
Staging the 2023 Asian Cup would help prepare China for a World Cup, but it faces stiff competition from South Korea.
Having the Asian Cup again on Chinese soil will “promote the popularisation and development of football” in the country, Xinhua news agency said.
China reached the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup in the UAE at the start of this year, before going down 3-0 to Iran.
Fabio Cannavaro was named Marcello Lippi’s successor as coach of the national team on Friday.