China’s Jade Rabbit-2 rover awoke from its extended nap on the moon on Thursday, taking to social media to inform space enthusiasts that it’s headed back to work after its five-day hibernation.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the lunar rover told its followers on China’s Twitter-like social media platform, Weibo, this week, “At the end of the noon break, get up and move the muscles and bones.”
The message, a reference to a past Chinese office tradition, was quickly met with joy as several netizens wished the rover luck on it endeavors on the far side of the moon. Some even requested that Jade Rabbit-2, also known as Yutu-2, send a space selfie, according to the Herald.
The 308-pound rover, part of China’s Chang’e-4 mission, initially went on a standby mode on Saturday to protect itself from the heat on the moon’s surface, which can reach upwards of 390 degrees Fahrenheit, the Chinese space agency’s China Lunar Exploration Program explained in a statement.