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China's Yutu 2 rover spots cube-shaped 'mystery hut' on far side of the moon

By Andrew Jones 1 day ago
It's likely a large boulder excavated by an ancient lunar impact.

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An image from China's Yutu 2 showing a cube-shaped object on the horizon on the far side of the moon. (Image credit: CNSA/Our Space)
China’s Yutu 2 rover has spotted a mystery object on the horizon while working its way across Von Kármán crater on the far side of the moon.
Yutu 2 spotted a cube-shaped object on the horizon to the north and roughly 260 feet (80 meters) away in November during the mission's 36th lunar day, according to a Yutu 2 diary published by Our Space, a Chinese language science outreach channel affiliated with the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
Our Space referred to the object as a "mystery hut" (神秘小屋/shenmi xiaowu), but this a placeholder name rather than an accurate description.

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This zoomed-in image shows a closer look at a cube shape spotted by China's Yutu 2 rover on the far side of the moon. (Image credit: CNSA/Our Space)
Team scientists have expressed a strong interest in the object and Yutu 2 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, so updates can be expected.
A likely explanation for the shape would be a large boulder which has been excavated by an impact event.




 

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China's Yutu 2 rover spots cube-shaped 'mystery hut' on far side of the moon

By Andrew Jones 1 day ago
It's likely a large boulder excavated by an ancient lunar impact.

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An image from China's Yutu 2 showing a cube-shaped object on the horizon on the far side of the moon. (Image credit: CNSA/Our Space)
China’s Yutu 2 rover has spotted a mystery object on the horizon while working its way across Von Kármán crater on the far side of the moon.
Yutu 2 spotted a cube-shaped object on the horizon to the north and roughly 260 feet (80 meters) away in November during the mission's 36th lunar day, according to a Yutu 2 diary published by Our Space, a Chinese language science outreach channel affiliated with the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
Our Space referred to the object as a "mystery hut" (神秘小屋/shenmi xiaowu), but this a placeholder name rather than an accurate description.

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This zoomed-in image shows a closer look at a cube shape spotted by China's Yutu 2 rover on the far side of the moon. (Image credit: CNSA/Our Space)
Team scientists have expressed a strong interest in the object and Yutu 2 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, so updates can be expected.
A likely explanation for the shape would be a large boulder which has been excavated by an impact event.




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How about Chang'e Winter Palace ?
 

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Why do moon pics released by any Space Agency always look so monotone and lifeless? When I look at the moon on a clear summer night, it looks yellow to orange. I think there's a conspiracy among Space Agencies to keep mankind in the dark. If the universe is depicted as "there is no life other than on Earth" the people are easier to control. The same thing with Mars. All the Space Agencies depict it as some reddish planet. One time NASA forgot to put a red filter on a Mars pic, and it looked blue and colorful like planet Earth.
 

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Why do moon pics released by any Space Agency always look so monotone and lifeless? When I look at the moon on a clear summer night, it looks yellow to orange. I think there's a conspiracy among Space Agencies to keep mankind in the dark. If the universe is depicted as "there is no life other than on Earth" the people are easier to control. The same thing with Mars. All the Space Agencies depict it as some reddish planet. One time NASA forgot to put a red filter on a Mars pic, and it looked blue and colorful like planet Earth.
In one word, atmospheric pollution, consisting of dust and smoke. The moon if looked through the atmosphere passes through an optical filter of dust and smoke. The rover on a moon sees no such filter.

Same reason the sunsets look so colorful.

 

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