. Now, this is another surprising finding: hidden in a crater, Utah-2 has found an unusual substance with a "gel-like" appearance.
According to a report by Space.com, the surprising discovery of the rover was made during a study of activities on lunar day 8, which began on July 25. Each lunar day lasts two Earth weeks, during which time the solar engine conducts scientific observations, measures radiation and examines its environment.
Three days on day 8, a member of Chang's team 4 looked at pictures taken during the rover and noticed strangely colored material other than the gray soil around it. Utah-2 was scheduled to continue, but the team instead turned their attention to the substance and sent the rover into the crater for a better view. The Yutu-2 Drive Diary says the team orders the rover to point its spectrometer, a device that can evaluate the composition of materials, to an unusual substance.
The team did not indicate what the substance may be and unfortunately did not share an image of the strange material. However, the team shared an image of a rover heading for the crater to take a look at what's inside.
I know you think aliens but Andrew Jones, a journalist reporting on the Chinese space program, wrote one possible explanation suggested by other researchers is that the gel-like substance is molten glass created after a meteor shower.
The Chinese spacecraft Chang 4 landed on the moon on January 3rd. Shortly after. The Yutu-2 rover is already in its ninth lunar day, which began on August 25.