The Chinese Lunar Rover Has Traveled 345 Meters on the Hidden Side of the Moon

The Chinese Lunar Rover Has Traveled 345 Meters on the Hidden Side of the Moon

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BEIJING - China's Chang’e-4 lunar rover Yutu-2 has traveled across an area of 345.059m to survey the obscure pastures and virgin territory lying on the other side of the moon. Chinese space engineers have intricately planned the trip before traversing the hidden terrain to prevent any impending safety issues. Chang'e-4 probe rover dusted and done its work on the 12th lunar day. According to the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space (CNSA), as of Wednesday, Chang’e-4 probe entered into a dormant mode during the lunar night in the absence of solar power. 


Yutu-2 is slowly yet persistently traversing across the rough-hewn dunes on the farther hidden side of the moon. It is expected to outpace the Change-4 probe is making some extraordinary discoveries according to the CNSA. In the midst of the 12th lunar day, a groundbreaking scientific discovery was made on the lander and rover of Change-4 probe. As only one side of the moon is visible to us, as a result, every cyclical rotation of the moon is important and images are captured via the lunar probe. 


China's Chang’e-4-lunar rover, Yutu-2 has arrived at some groundbreaking findings in the form of plasma-like material across the hidden pastures of the moon. This discovery was made on the 8th lunar day of the mission. All the scientific processes of the lander and rover, have been put to a halt since this unusual material was found. The delay in the Chang’e-4 mission processes has been so that laser-sharp focus can be laid on deciphering this mysterious entity, utilizing the scientific resources of this mission.  


The Chang’e-4’s mission is pivotal as the un-ventured side of the moon has much to offer in terms of astounding scientific findings. The launch of the China's Chang'e-4 probe held on 8th Dec, 2018. The probe was made as one of the first-ever soft landing probes on the Von Karman Crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the moon on Jan 3, 2019. The Chang’e-4 probe has been assigned with the mission to carry out a groundbreaking exploration of the coarse moon terrain, using low-frequency waves. This enables the Chang’e-4 probe to detect and measure neutron radiation and mineral composition on the lunar surface.


Yutu-2 began traversing across the cluttered terrain on the moon on a lunar day 8, July 25, 2019. Assistance was taken while planning this terrain by the Aerospace engineers at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center. While sifting through the images captured by the Chang’e-4 rover’s (Yutu-2) camera, a crew member discovered something unusual in a hidden crevice. This strange material appeared to be gel-like in texture and shiny in contrast to the surrounding objects. 


Once this hidden crater was stumbled upon, all efforts were focused upon deciphering this entity. Yutu-2 closed in towards this crater with the assistance of its obstacle- avoidance cameras and examined the color and texture of this material. In contrast to its surroundings, the rover Yutu-2 used Visible and Near-Infrared low-frequency waves to unveil this material. Deflected and reflected light revealed the composition of the material used. The same instrument that made the nail-biting discovery on the Von Karman crater on Von Kármán crater of Chang’e-4 crater in May 2019. 


All the scientific lab scientists of the Chang’e-4 mission were taken abashed by the identification of this new strange material. This led to a shift of plans and a delay in the mission. The journey was put to a halt in hopes of being able to discover this weird material. If you find this interesting check out Flown In Space Artifacts. As of present, the Chang’e-4 mission’s scientific experts and core research team have been undergoing an in-depth analysis of this material. As of now, their efforts haven’t reaped any positive results.  


They have only been able to figure out the composition and constituency of this material using low energy frequency waves. The material is of the gel-like constituency and the color is quite distinct from the rest of the moon regolith. One of the hypotheses regarding the identity of this material is it could have originated from thawing of a meteorite. When these meteorites collide and explode on hitting the moon surface. 


Some inkling regarding the nature of the material is it could be made from melted glass. Looking back towards history, Yutu-2’s lunar discovery is not the first groundbreaking scientific discovery of its kind. Mission Taurus - Littrow discovered a similar orange color entity on the moon’s regolith in 1972. After a thorough investigation, it was found out that the constituents of this orange material were excised from a volcanic lava eruption around 4 billion years ago. The Chang’e-4 mission’s Yutu-2 rover has forged a total of 890 feet near the close of lunar day 8 on August 7, 2019. 

  • Dec 11, 2019
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