Chinese rover spots weird cube-shaped feature on the far side of the moon

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China’s Yutu-2 rover, which is currently exploring the far side of the Moon, has spotted a strange cube-shaped object on the Moon’s surface.

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as reported by space.com, the image was shared in Yutu-2 Diary posted by OurSpace, a space news channel belonging to China’s National Space Administration (CNSA). It was part of a “Yutu-2 Driving Diary”, which describes what the Yutu-2 rover has been doing since resuming operations on October 29, 2021.

A strange cube-shaped feature on the Moon as seen by China's Yutu-2 rover.
A strange cube-shaped feature on the Moon as seen by China’s Yutu-2 rover. CNSA/Our Place

The cube shape is interesting, but journalist Andrew Jones, who first drew attention to the picture, does not think it is a sign of extraterrestrial life. “It’s not an obelisk or aliens, but it’s definitely something to investigate, and it’s hard to figure out much from the image,” he said. tweeted, and suggested that it may have been a large boulder that was thrown by an impact.

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The object, informally described as a “mysterious hut”, is located about 80 meters from the rover’s current location and is next to a large but young impact crater. Researchers are eager to learn more, so the rover will visit the object but it will take some time – about two to three months, according to the authors,

One reason it takes so long to cross the Moon is the cycle of day and night. The way the Moon rotates, it completes one revolution every 27 days, which is the same time it takes to orbit our planet. So one side of the Moon is facing us and the other, far side, where Yutu-2 is located, cannot be seen directly from Earth. A second effect of this rotation is that a full lunar day lasts 29 Earth days, meaning that the Moon has a period of more than two Earth weeks when it is daylight, and just over two weeks when it is night. longer duration.

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Since rovers such as Yutu-2 rely on solar power, they must hibernate for these night time periods and can only explore during the day. This is why lunar explorers take so long to traverse the Moon’s surface – not to mention the need to go slowly to keep larger rocks or components from being eroded by the Moon’s sheer dust.






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