China’s Yutu 2 is the first spacecraft to explore the surface of the far side of the Moon, and the wheeled robot has made some interesting discoveries during its historic voyage.
Yutu 2 It landed in Von Karmann crater on top of the Chang’e 4 lander in January 2019, and has been working its way northwest during every 14.5 lunar day on Earth since then, using its four science payloads to image and analyze its surroundings as it advances. .
The solar powered rover recently discovered a Mysterious hut in the shape of a strange cube on his horizon which generated quite a bit of media hype, despite the possibility of it just a rock. But other findings have also drawn attention over the past two years.
Pictures: This is what the Chinese rover Yutu 2 found on the far side of the moon
Moon and ‘jelly-like’ rocks discovered
Yutu 2 discovered an object in the middle of a small crater that was located described at the beginning By Our Space – a Chinese-language science outreach channel of the China National Space Administration – with the term “胶状” (“jiao zhuang wu”), which can be translated as “jelly-like”. There was no accompanying photo.
External scientists suspected that the material is a glassy substance resulting from the collision, and that turned out to be correct. A recent paper in the magazine temper nature Written by Chinese scientists who reported that the material was most likely from a meteorite strike on the Moon less than a million years ago.
Yutu 2 and the “Teacher” rock
Another discovery was a number of rock fragments protruding from the surface, which our space referred to as “turn“Again, the meteor impact is likely to be the culprit.
Although these rocks look ordinary, they stand out on a surface that has been pulverized over billions of years by both micrometeorites and harsh solar radiation. When Yutu 2 detects large boulders, they are generally indications of impact activity. Such rocks provide clues about the history of the Moon and the composition of the material that was drilled or ejected by the collider, as was the case with a group of relativists. Small rocks were discovered in early 2020.
Yutu 2 was also peeking under the moon’s surface, using Earth-penetrating radar to build an image of the layers beneath the probe by collecting reflected electromagnetic waves. Yutu 2 has been revealed! Three distinct layers in the ground near, indicating that separate large impact events may have resulted in projectiles appearing in the area.
The mysterious image of the “mysterious hut” has left some people wondering about the quality of the Yutu 2’s photographic equipment. However, a pair of rover’s panoramic cameras have returned with… A huge collection of great pictures From the far side of the moon.
The far side of the Moon never faces the Earth; It was not seen until the Soviet Union’s Luna 3 spacecraft moved around the Moon in 1959. Thus Chang’e 4 and Yutu 2 cannot send data directly to Earth and are powered by a relay satellite behind the Moon, facilitating communications between the spacecraft and its processors . The relay satellite, known as Queqiao, collects some of its data using a file A leading low-frequency astronomy instrument.
So far, Yutu 2 and Chang’e 4 have been active for landing more than 1000 days (terrestrial) On the other side of the moon. Yutu 2 has set a file longevity record for a vehicle operating on the moon’s surface, surpassing the previous record of 321 days set by robots in the Soviet Union Long 1 rover.
Yutu 2 and Chang’e 4 are currently on their 37th lunar day (each about 29.5 Earth days). The two solar-powered spacecraft go into hibernation during the two-week lunar nights, when the temperature dips to minus 310 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 190 degrees Celsius).
The image of the “mysterious hut” was taken during lunar day 36, in November 2021. It is likely that the Chinese lunar exploration program will release new images in the weeks following the end of lunar day 37, which will come on the evening of December. 10. Yutu 2 travels at a rate of 66 feet to 98 feet (20 to 30 meters) on a lunar day, which means the rover is expected to cover approximately 260 feet (80 meters) of the body by lunar day 38 or 39.
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