China’s space agency, the China National Space Administration, has located a cube on the far side of the moon. They are now calling it the “mysterious house.” They are planning to send their lunar rover Yutu-2 over to inspect the area.
Although the lunar rover is on the way to the site, it may take a few months for officials to figure out what the cube is. It’s roughly 87 yards away from where the rover is currently.
A website used by the China National Space Administration states that “This object pierced through the winding of the skyline, like a ‘mysterious hut’ that appeared out of thin air.” There is a large impact next to the object.
Of course, there are plenty of theories going around online about what this cube could be. Many wonder if it’s finally a sign of extraterrestrials. Space journalists like Andrew Jones are quick to debunk this theory, stating that “So yeah, it’s not an obelisk or aliens, but certainly something to check out, and hard to discern much from the image.”
Jones goes on to show examples of rocks that have been dug up by impacts. They look similar to the cube Yutu-2 found.
The cube being identified as a rock or boulder is not nearly as exciting as the possibility of aliens.
Lunar Rover Makes Far-Side Moon Exploration Possible
The lunar rover in charge of investigating this strange cube, Yutu-2, has been on the moon since the beginning of 2019. Yutu-2 is the first lunar rover to ever land on the far side of the moon. We know significantly less about this side of the moon, but hopefully, the lunar rover will change that. Yutu-2 will be exploring areas that will possibly give us more insight into the history of the moon. For example, an ancient impact called the Von Kármán crater might have exposed part of the moon’s mantle. The mantle would help us learn more about the early days of our solar system, and about Earth.
The lunar rover’s success in landing gives hope for future robotic expeditions. The goal is to be able to send humans someday.
Yutu-2 conducts scientific operations but must communicate with a relay satellite since it is not facing Earth. Operations are slow, as the lunar rover must power down, or “sleep,” during the 2-week period that is the moon’s night.
Yutu-2 has a range of tools for moon exploration. Most of them are imaging-based. The lunar rover’s tools include a Panoramic Camera (PCAM) and Lunar Penetrating Radar (LPR). The Panoramic Camera is made up of two color cameras that rotate to capture 360-degree footage. The Lunar Penetrating Radar can see the subsurface of the moon up to 100 meters.
Both of those tools, along with the others, will be essential in discovering the nature of this “alien” cube.