The mystery of the ‘cube-shaped hut’ discovered on the moon by a Chinese rover has been solved.


The mystery of the ‘cube-shaped hut’ discovered on the moon by a Chinese rover has been solved.

After scrambling to reach it, China’s Yutu-2 rover has finally seen the “mystery hut” on the moon up close, but the results have disappointed scientists.

The hazy cube-like object on the moon that was jokingly dubbed a “mystery hut” has been revealed to be a rock.

The mysterious object on the far side of the moon was discovered by China’s Yutu-2 rover last month, but getting close enough to figure out what it was would take months.

However, Chinese scientists devised new strategies for the rover to traverse the moon’s surface and reach the object more quickly, and the “mystery hut” is unfortunately nothing more than a regular old rock.

According to the Chinese blog Our Space, the cube appeared to be as tall as the distant Arc de Triomphe.

When the rover approached, it turned out to be very short, and “the drivers couldn’t help but be disappointed.”

Despite this, the rock has earned the moniker “Jade Rabbit” because of the rock fragments that surround it, which resemble the remains of a rabbit’s carrot feast.

Although scientists were disappointed by the discovery, Vice points out that it was not completely unexpected.

Because it appeared to be next to an impact crater when the “cube” was first seen, many people assumed it was simply the remnants of a meteor impact.

The Yutu-2 rover will now approach the rock even closer in order to analyze it, as well as the nearby crater.

The rover’s innovative techniques for getting to the “hut” faster have been dubbed “swaggering” by the Our Space blog.

Yutu-2 was coaxed into taking an extra step every day, covering more ground with each movement while navigating tricky craters, by the drivers.

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The journey north to the rock took more than 30 days, with six steps totaling nearly 60 meters across the lunar surface.

In related news, scientists have calculated the time it would take to walk around the moon.

According to the team at Live Science, walking the 6,786 miles (10,921 kilometers) around the moon would take about 91 days at a “hypothetical walking speed of up to 3.1 mph (5 kmh).”

Even if it were possible, scientists believe it would be impossible to walk nonstop for 91 days in a row.

The news is summarized on Brinkwire.


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