Chinese Rover Spots Cube-Shaped Feature on Far Side of Moon


China’s Yutu-2 rover, at the moment exploring the far facet of the moon, has noticed an odd cube-shaped object on the moon’s floor.

As reported by, the picture was shared in a Yutu-2 diary posted by Our House, an area information channel associated to the China Nationwide House Administration (CNSA). It was a part of a “Yutu-2 driving diary” which describes what the Yutu-2 rover has been as much as because it resumed operations on October 29, 2021.

An odd cube-shaped function noticed on the moon by China’s Yutu-2 rover. CNSA/Our House

The dice form is fascinating, however the journalist Andrew Jones who first drew consideration to the photograph doesn’t suppose it’s an indication of extraterrestrial life. “It’s not an obelisk or aliens, however definitely one thing to take a look at, and laborious to discern a lot from the picture,” he tweeted, and advised that it may very well be a big boulder which was thrown up by an influence.

The article, described informally as a “mysterious hut,” is positioned round 80 meters from the rover’s present location and is subsequent to a big however younger influence crater. The researchers are curious to be taught extra, so the rover will go to the thing however it should take some time — roughly two to 3 months, in line with the authors.

One cause it takes so lengthy to journey throughout the moon is as a result of day and night time cycle there. Due to the way in which the moon spins, it completes a rotation each 27 days, which is across the identical period of time it takes to orbit our planet. That’s why one facet of the moon faces us and the opposite, far facet, the place Yutu-2 is positioned, can’t be seen immediately from Earth. The opposite impact of this rotation is {that a} full lunar day lasts 29 Earth days, which means there’s a interval of simply over two Earth weeks when the moon is in daylight, and simply over two weeks when it’s night time there.

As rovers like Yutu-2 depend on solar energy, they have to hibernate for these nighttime intervals they usually can solely discover through the daytime interval. That’s why lunar explorers take so lengthy to get throughout the moon’s floor — to not point out the necessity to go slowly to keep away from giant rocks or parts being worn down by sharp moon mud.

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