The Chinese rover Yutu 2 made a curious discovery on the hidden side of the Moon. The spacecraft has identified a “cube-shaped object” that experts have called “mysterious hut,” and it is a large mass dug by an impact event. One question arises at this point: why does Yutu 2 take so long to arrive?
Despite the object is about 80 meters, the rover will reach it within a few months. The team, in fact, will have to implement careful planning to get to this area. Although it has a maximum speed of 200 meters per hour, Yutu 2 has so far covered only about 900 meters since it landed on the hidden side of the Moon in 2019.
The main reasons for this slowness? The rover cannot work during the lunar night of 14.5 earthly days, nor for about 24 hours after sunrise and before sunset. The spacecraft also remains stationary during the lunar noon, as the temperatures at that time may reach 127 degrees Celsius.
Planning for “millesimo” leaves less time for actual driving… but that’s not all. Yutu 2 must avoid numerous craters that could trap the vehicle; the rover carries very important scientific loads, including panoramic cameras, a spectrometer, a ground-input radar and much more.
The spacecraft stops very often to collect new data and to move needs a satellite relay for communications. I mean, it’s gonna take a while to reach the mysterious “cube” and all we have to do is wait. Meanwhile, this is definitely not the first time the rover has made a strange discovery on the Moon.