Not long after landing its legend grew after a "mechanical control abnormality" forced it offline, prompting anxiety from its many supporters.
The rover later turned dormant and stopped sending signals during the lunar night, which lasts for two weeks and sees temperatures plummet.
But it made a dramatic recovery, to the delight of its admirers.
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It was not clear on which day the device finally "retired".
An official media account carried a post written as a first-person message from the plucky rover to its fans on Sunday saying: "This time it really is goodnight.
"There are still many questions I would like answers too, but I'm the rabbit that has seen the most stars!" it added. "The moon says it has prepared a long, long dream for me."
The post also contained a link to "Universal Traveler", a song by French electronica band Air.
It has received nearly 100,000 shares, likes and comments, with one poster promising it "countless carrot pies" according to Xinhua.
Another said: "I don't know why I am so heartbroken. It's just a machine after all."
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The Chang'e-3 probe's landing was the third such soft-landing in history, and the first of its kind since a Soviet mission nearly four decades ago. It has been a source of national pride.
China sees the space programme as a symbol of its rising global stature and technological advancement, as well as of the Communist Party's success in reversing the fortunes of the once-impoverished nation.
By 2018 the country aims to land its Chang'e-4 probe-named for the moon goddess in Chinese mythology-on the far side of the moon.
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