|Yutu-2 image of ‘mysterious hut’. (CNSA / CLEP / Our Space)|
The mysterious Chinese “Moon Cube” is no longer a mystery. Big Reveal: It is a rock that is not even shaped like a cube. The National Rover Yutu2 discovered the object – a gray cube above the lunar horizon – in early December. China’s National Space Administration (CNSA) called it a “mystery hut”, playfully speculating that the cube could be an alien house or a spaceship.
The news calls it the “lunar cube”.
After many weeks of preparation and driving, the rover is close enough to see that the “mystery hut” is just a rock. Its sharp geometric aspect on the horizon was the smooth curve of perspective, light and shadow.
|Image of a rock near Yutu-2. (CNSA / CLEP / Our Space)|
One of Rover’s ground controllers noticed on a blog that the rock was shaped like a rabbit, with small rocks at the front resembling carrots. The rover’s name, Yutu, means “Jade Rabbit”, which is now also the name of the rock.
Yutu2 landed on the moon in January 2019, when the Chang’i 4 Lander landed on the lunar surface and began the ramp for the rover’s offspring. It was the first mission to land on the opposite side of the moon.
Over the next three years, Yutu2 traveled more than 1,000 meters (3,200 feet), used ground-penetrating radar to uncover surprisingly deep layers of lunar soil, and identified rocks pushed into the surface, beneath the crust, in the lunar mantle. . When an asteroid collided with the moon billions of years ago.
|Take a closer look at the rock. (CNSA / CLEP / Our Space)|
The rover has long survived its initial three-month mission, meaning the U2-2 had plenty of free time to chase wild solids.