Photo taken by the rover Yutu-2 (Jade Rabbit-2) on Jan. 11, 2019 exhibits the lander of the Chang’e-4 probe. (Xinhua/China National Space Administration)
Yutu-2, the lander and rover of the Chang’e-4 probe, has traveled 1,003.9 meters on the far side of the moon, as of midnight on Thursday, in keeping with the Lunar Exploration and Space Program Center of the China National Space Administration on Friday.
Yutu-2, or Jade Rabbit-2, captured an obscure however intriguing picture about 80 meters from its location in the course of the mission’s thirty sixth lunar day.
Something cubic loomed on the horizon to the north, sitting subsequent to a younger influence crater, stated the rover’s log. The picture sparked heated debates on social media platforms.
When Yutu-2 lastly reached about 10 meters away from the mysterious object, the panorama digital camera on the rover took coloured photos of the item.
According to the photographs, researchers recognized that the item is likely to be a rock. Very coincidentally, it appears to be like like a jade rabbit.
The Chang’e-4 probe, launched on Dec. 8, 2018, made the first-ever mushy touchdown on the Von Karman Crater within the South Pole-Aitken Basin on the far side of the moon on Jan. 3, 2019.
A lunar day is the same as 14 days on Earth, and a lunar night time is identical size. Yutu-2 is at the moment within the mission’s thirty eighth lunar day and is in good situation.
It is anticipated to take an in depth have a look at the rock, and detect the big influence crater behind the rock in the course of the subsequent lunar day, the middle stated.