China's Yutu-2 Rover, which was launched as part of the Chang'e-4 mission, is. Since landing in January, it has taken and . Now another surprising find has been made: Yutu-2 has discovered an unusual substance with a "gel-like" appearance in a crater.
According to a report by Space.com, the rover's startling discovery was made during exploration activities on the 8th lunar day, which began on July 25. Every lunar day lasts two Earth Weeks. During this time, the solar-powered rover performs scientific observations, measures the radiation, and examines the environment.
Three days after day 8, a member of the Chang & # 39; e 4 team inspected the images captured by the rover and noticed a strangely colored material that was different than the gray environment. Yutu-2 should move on, but instead the team turned its attention to the substance and sent the rover to the crater for a better look. Yutu-2's "drive diary" states that the team has instructed the rover to focus its spectrometer, a device that can assess the composition of materials, at the unusual substance.
The team did not specify what the substance might be and unfortunately shared no picture of the strange material. However, the team has shared a picture of the rover heading for the crater to catch a glimpse of the interior.
I know you are thinking of Aliens but Andrew Jones, a journalist who reports on the Chinese space program, wrote a possible explanation advanced by other researchers is that the gelatinous substance is fused glass that was created after a meteorite impact.
China's Chang'e 4 spacecraft landed on the moon on January 3. Shortly after. The Yutu 2 rover is now on its ninth lunar day, which began on August 25.