The mysterious “cubic hut” on the far side of the moon is a rabbit …

A hut ? An alien artifact? An Arc de Triomphe …? This strange cubic shape spotted on the horizon by the rover lunar Yutu-2 made a lot of talk about it as soon as its discovery was announced a month ago. For the astromobile teams who pilot it from China, curiosity has been stronger, and the temptation too great to go and see what it is more closely. But for that, they had to wait a little for the machine to come out of its sleep in the freezing lunar night. End of December 2021, Yutu-2 was heading towards and this mysterious structure erected on the far side of the moon.

And there you have it, on January 6, after hours of work, the “pilots” discovered on their screens what it is: a large pebble … A pebble placed on the edge of a small impact crater. It was disappointment. Nothing to do with the Arc de Triomphe or any other building, as has been widely speculated. One of the pilots exclaimed that it is Yutu, the famous jade rabbit in Chinese mythology. And indeed, on closer inspection, we end up seeing a rabbit, the From rounded, head to the right facing the Soleil. And maybe a carrot in front of him, and a few pearls behind him.

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Everyone will be perhaps a little disappointed, but in any case this ballad, by small leaps, was very fruitful for the rover which improved its performances, explained its team. After this discovery, Yutu-2 had just crossed the symbolic barrier of 1,000 meters traveled since its arrival three years ago. And the adventure is not over yet.

What is this cubic structure photographed on the far side of the Moon?

Article by Nathalie Mayer published on December 11, 2021

the Chinese rover Yutu-2 landed on the hidden side of the Moon in January 2019. Since then he has relentlessly traveled the regrets lunar section of the Von Kármán crater. And in his journey he has already drawn attention to a kind of « gel shiny ” which turned out to be nothing but molten rock as a result of the impact of a meteorite.

This time, Yutu-2 spotted an object whose shape is bizarre to say the least. A cube which appears on the northern horizon, some 80 meters from the machine, still in thehuge crater Von Kármán.

Intrigued, the scientists chose to direct the rover towards this strange object. It will approach it for the next two to three lunar days – roughly two or three Earth months. By taking care to avoid the many craters on its way. And always relying only on theenergy solar energy to progress. All in the hope of making the light on the nature of this cubic object. Perhaps quite simply a huge rock, also excavated by theimpact of a meteorite.

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Quite simply, but interesting nonetheless. Because this cube could mark a recent impact and thus allow astronomers to study more closely the composition of the Moon.

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