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Tue Oct 22, 2019, 08:51 PM

Here's What China's Yutu 2 Rover Found on the Far Side of the Moon (Photos)


By Andrew Jones 13 hours ago Science & Astronomy

The weird "gel-like" substance likely isn't so weird after all.



China's Yutu 2 moon rover captured this image of glassy material from the edge of a small crater.(Image: CNSA/CLEP)


The China Lunar Exploration Program has released a photo from the Yutu 2 moon rover that reveals the likely nature of a previously unidentified material.

The rover part of the Chang'e 4 mission, which in January completed the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon made the discovery in July. Earlier reports on the few published details captured widespread interest.

The photo taken by Yutu 2's main camera shows the center of a crater containing material that is colored differently than its surroundings and that contains bright spots. The image was released by Our Space, a Chinese-language science-outreach publication, via its Weibo social media account on Oct. 8.



A desaturated, high-contrast version of the material viewed by Yutu 2.

(Image credit: CNSA/CLEP/NASA/GSFC/Dan Moriarty)

While gaining the attention of the Yutu 2 team, the material does not appear altogether mysterious, as claimed by Chinese media.

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https://www.space.com/china-far-side-moon-strange-substance.html?utm_source=notification

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