The Chinese lunar motor Yutu-2 returned more images of the "colored mysterious substance" it had discovered in a small crater on the dark side of the moon that had engulfed the scientific community since July.
The team behind Chang & # 39; e-4's mission in China operating the Yutu-2 rover claims that the unusual material "material and color" is substantial and of color. different from the surrounding lunar soil ” after the second passage of Utah-2 near the crater in August (the first inspection was considered unsatisfactory because there were too many shadows in the images).
The latest images were taken from a rover obstruction camera when carefully approaching a seven-foot (2-meter) wide crater, the source of the unusual substance.
The red and green hues of the image are the result of the instrument used ̵
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Although the second leak was made in August, the results were not released until this week.
Although it is too early to tell exactly what the substance is, researchers such as Clive Neal, a lunar scientist at the University of Notre Dame, speculate that the substance may be fragments of minerals cemented together to form a black shiny glass as a result of high-speed effects on the moon's surface, which would make sense given that the substance is located in a crater.
So far, Utah-2 has traveled about 934 feet (285 meters) since it touched the other side of the moon on January 2. The Chinese mission ended its ninth lunar day on September 5. Moon day 10 will start around September 22 for Utah-2, and the next day for the lander. The lunar day lasts approximately two weeks.
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