BEIJING – China’s Yutu-2 rover has begun a mission to approach a cube-shaped structure it recorded on the Moon. Using an image taken in November, while the robot was working in the von Karmann crater, experts estimated that the object was 80 meters away from Yutu-2.
Scientific Publishing Channel our spaceThe Chinese Space Agency’s website described the building as a “mysterious cabin,” and in a joking tone the website posted: “Will it be a house built by extraterrestrials after the plane landed? Or a spaceship astronaut of his ancestors in lunar exploration?”
According to journalist Andrew Jones, who tracks China’s space program, although the cube probably isn’t home to aliens, it’s worth a closer look. This approach takes two to three lunar days, which equates to a period of up to three months on Earth.
The robotic explorer has been operating at the south pole of Aitken since January 2019. It is solar-powered and disabled during the lunar night, which lasts for two weeks on Earth. So far, it has traveled 840 meters and has sent about 3.6 terabytes of data to the researchers.
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