In a short clip seen on last night’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Next Generation‘s Patrick Stewart dressed up as the doomed Chinese moon rover Jade Rabbit.
The moon rover Jade Rabbit, launched by China in December, suffered an unexpected technical malfunction and is expected to “die” early.
Jade Rabbit tweeted its situation to its fans on Twitter, saying goodbye. “Although I should’ve gone to bed this morning, my masters discovered something abnormal with my mechanical control system. My masters are staying up all night working for a solution. I heard their eyes are looking more like my red rabbit eyes. Nevertheless, I’m aware that I might not survive this lunar night
“If this journey must come to an early end, I am not afraid. Whether or not the repairs are successful, I believe even my malfunctions will provide my masters with valuable information and experience.
“The sun has already set here and the temperature is falling very quickly. I’ve said a lot today, yet still feel like it’s not enough. I’ll tell everyone a secret. Actually, I’m not feeling especially sad. Just like any other hero, I’ve only encountered a little problem while on my own adventure.
“Good night, planet Earth. Good night, humanity.”
Stewart, dressed up as Jade Rabbit, sang a short goodbye “from the moon.”