The Japanese rover had captured a snapshot showing what appeared to be a structure taking the form of a small cabin. Some observers thought that this was an extra-terrestrial habitat …
The Chinese rover Yutu 2, designed initially to operate for only 3 monthsContinues his exploration of the dark side of the moon, and since 3 January 2019. He also traveled more than a kilometer in the last three years. This one spotted for the first time a distant and pixelated shape during the 36th lunar day of the rover on the far side of our satellite, which ran from late October to early November.
A report from Ourspace gave the object the provisional name of “mysterious hut”. The image aroused the interest of the whole world, many speculating – most often with humor – that it could be a alien habitat. Thus, this same report indicated that Yutu 2 was going to deviate from its trajectory. to take a closer look at this mysterious structure. Ourspace noted that the rover traveled about 100 meters in order to approach the enigmatic object.
Yutu 2: a very useful little rover
So, as can be seen in the image dressing this item, it is actually a simple rock. And if this one has the originality of having the shape of a rabbit, it is in no way a cabin built by extraterrestrials. However, this slight disappointment for SF fans remains to be put into perspective. Indeed, Yutu 2 is a very innovative rover, and this in many areas.
Indeed, Yutu 2 scanned the lunar surface using its ground penetrating radar in order to establish a reconstruction of rock layers under the lunar surface. The small rover also sent a significant amount of impressive images of the far side of the Moon, so far almost unexplored. Since the dark side never faces the Earth, communications are facilitated by a relay satellite in orbit around a Lagrange point located beyond the Moon.
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Source : space.com