A hut on the Moon! What this China rover saw on the dark side
Yutu-2, the robotic lunar rover of Chinese Chang'e 4 mission, which was launched on 7 December 2018, has found a mysterious object on the dark side of the moon and left Twitterati shocked and awed. According to a Yutu 2 diary published by Our Space, a Chinese language scientific outreach channel associated with the China National Space Administration, the Chinese rover spotted a enigmatic cube-shaped object on the horizon to the north and around 260 feet away in November during the mission's 36th lunar day (CNSA), Space.com reported. Our Space referred to the object as a "mystery hut".
As soon as the news about the discovery of the mysterious object rolled out, it created a buzz on Twitter. One Twitter user wrote, “Could u imagine if we found an artifact from an ancient civilization,” whereas another guessed the object as ‘Aliens!’ Considering the previous discoveries of Yutu-2, the most likely explanation is that the object could be a boulder that was excavated when it collided with the ground. Earlier, in 2019, a green-tinged gel-like substance was found which later turned out to be a rock which was the amalgamation of the minerals and rock materials. Recently, the Yutu-2 rover found a ‘shard’ on the surface of the moon, which also turned out to be a rock after investigation.
So, will the rover find out more about the mystery hut?
Yes! Irrespective of what were the results of the previous investigations about the mysterious objects on the lunar surface, China’s Yutu-2 rover will take a closer look at the cube-shaped object. Following the discovery of the mystery hut, Yutu 2 is now predicted to spend around 2-3 lunar days, which is equivalent to 2-3 months on Earth, while travelling the lunar regolith and avoiding the craters on the surface to get a closer look, and then send the updates about the object.
On January 3, 2019, the solar-powered Yutu 2 and Chang'e 4 lander made its first landing on the far side of the moon, and the rover has been rolling through the 115-mile-wide Von Kármán crater ever since. Chang'e 4 is China's fourth moon mission and the second to deliver a rover to the lunar surface. The Chang'e 5 T1 test mission around the moon and the Chang'e 5 lunar sample return mission have also been launched by China.