Chinese Lunar Rover Finds Unexplained ‘Gel Like’ Substance on the Dark Side of the Moon

In this photo provided on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, by China National Space Administration via Xinhua News Agency, Yutu-2, China’s lunar rover, leaves wheel marks after leaving the lander that touched down on the surface of the far side of the moon. A Chinese spacecraft on Thursday, Jan. 3, made the first-ever landing on the far side of the moon, state media said. The lunar explorer Chang’e 4 touched down at 10:26 a.m., China Central Television said in a brief announcement at the top of its noon news broadcast. (China National Space Administration/Xinhua News Agency via AP)

Yutu-2, the autonomous rover launched from China’s Chang’e-4, has sent back photographs of a bizarre ‘gel like’ substance on the surface of the Moon during its exploration of the rarely-photographed far side.

The discovery was made on July 28, but details are only now beginning to emerge from the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre.

The Chang’e-4 team was preparing to power down the robot rover as part of a regular ‘nap’ to protect its electronics from the harsh radiation and high temperatures while the Sun was directly overhead.

As they did so, one of the supervising scientists spotted a small crater that seemed to have a strangely shiny appearance.

So far, mission scientists haven’t been able to determine what the substance is. All the information that has so far been released says that it is “gel-like” and has an “unusual colour”.

The surface of the Moon is a near-vacuum, and temperatures can reach 260 degrees Fahrenheit (127 degrees Celsius).

There is no known substance that can remain a gel under these kinds of conditions. 

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Source: Daily Star