Published: Wed, September 04, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Chinese Yutu-2 Moon Rover Spots ‘Gel-Like’ Substance On The Moon

Chinese Yutu-2 Moon Rover Spots ‘Gel-Like’ Substance On The Moon

A lunar day is equal to 14 days on Earth. Previously it found minerals which may have come from deep beneath the lunar surface, and now it has found something even stranger: An oddly-colored "gel-like" substance of alien origin.

According to a report by Space.com, the rover's surprise discovery was made during exploration activities on lunar day 8, which began on July 25.

The mission consists of not exclusively the Chang'e 4 lander, but besides, a smaller rover called Yutu-2.

From there, the operating team spoke with lunar scientists and they chose to keep the rover on and investigate the oddity.

The discovery was discussed in a new paper published by Chiense researchers, on Chinese-language site Our Space.

Scientists working on the Chang-e-4 mission were about to power down the rover for a "nap" when they noticed a crater with a unusual material in one of the images sent back from Yutu-2's main camera.

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The teams consequently agreed to postpone Yutu-2's plans to continue west and instead ordered the rover to examine the mysterious substance.

Yutu-2carefully approached the crater and then targeted the unusually coloredmaterial and its surroundings.

Chang'e-4's lunar rover, Yutu-2, spotted a freakish gel-like substance on the dark side of the Moon.

The scientists have not yet provided details on the nature of the substance except that it is gel-like and has an unusual color.

When the mission resumed, the scientists pointed the rover in the direction of the crater and used a Seen and Close to-Infrared Spectrometer (VNIS) to analyse it. The Vikram- Lander will make its landing on the moon's south polar region with this India will become the first to explore the region.

Although Chinese scientists still haven't discovered what it could be, the best version is that the material is a glass, which was formed as a result of the impact that formed the crater. Lunar geologists eventually concluded thatthe orange soil was created during an explosive volcanic eruption 3.64 billionyears ago.

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