Chinese rover got close-up shot of ‘mysteriousí lunar object
A Chinese rover has finally made it close enough to explore an oddly-shaped object spotted on the far side of the Moon last year. The discovery was dubbed ‘mystery hutí online.
The image of a gray cube-shaped object on the Moonís horizon was published by Our Space, a channel affiliated with the China National Space Administration (CNSA), early last month.
The photo was taken by Chinese rover Yutu-2 when it was traversing the large Von Karman crater. It was reported at the time that it would take two to three months for the rover to reach the object.
As Yutu-2 was making its journey, people online dubbed the object ‘mystery hutí, suggesting it could also be a ‘Moon palaceí or an alien base.
The truth was revealed on Friday, when Our Space released a close-up shot of what turned out to be a simple rock lying on the rim of a crater. The rock, nevertheless, had a peculiar shape, the publication noted, adding that the team controlling the rover from Earth dubbed it ‘Jade Rabbití.
"Itís so underwhelming itís brilliant," tweeted Andrew Jones, a journalist covering Chinaís space program.
Oh, this is amazing. Close to tears. Ourspace has published an update on the "mystery hut" and itís so underwhelming itís brilliant. Itís just a small rock on a crater rim that theyíre now calling "jade rabbit" for its appearance. Source: https://t.co/frrMKH7RWM https://t.co/GFCIRzqmDu pic.twitter.com/jpDLDS8TZu— Andrew Jones (@AJ_FI) January 7, 2022
Yutu-2 landed on the Moon in 2019 as part of Chinaís Changíe-4 mission. It is the first rover to explore the side of the Moon not visible from Earth.