China’s Yutu 2 rover on the Moon will investigate a mystery cube-shaped object

0
4
blank

China’s has spotted a mystery object on the horizon while working its way across Von Kármán crater on the far side of the moon.It’s a cube-shaped object at around 80 meters away from Yutu-2 rover. Scientists have expressed a strong interest, so the rover is now expected to spend the next 2-3 lunar days (2-3 Earth months) traversing lunar regolith and avoiding craters to get a closer look. Scientists say it’s certainly something to check out but it’s hard to discern much from the image they have now. The object’s true nature should become clearer as the rover gets closer. The solar-powered Yutu 2 and Chang’e 4 lander made the first ever landing on the far side of the moon on Jan. 3, 2019. The Chang’e-4 mission represents the first surface exploration of the far side of the moon. The lunar rover has an average speed of less than 1 meter for each Earth day. The lunar day lasts for 14 Earth days.

blank

The rover goes into hibernation for the lunar night, also 14 days. Yutu-2 has already traveled 2,756 feet (840 meters) across the moon. China’s space programme is going through a rapid expansion.Ye Peijian, the chief designer of the country’s first moon probe says a Chinese manned landing on the moon is ‘entirely possible’ by 2030. After the moon and Mars, the next target in China’s deep-space exploration could be an asteroid mission.