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The Yutu-2 rover is on a roll. It’s been exploring the far side of the moon since early 2019 as part of . It now has its eyes set on a strange-looking cube-shaped object it spotted in the distance.
Andrew Jones, a journalist who covers the Chinese space program for and , highlighted a in a . The nickname for the cube-shaped object translates to “mystery house.”
The rover team is planning to drive over and get a closer look at the object.
As with inside a crater in 2019, don’t get too excited for aliens. That substance turned out to be . And as far as I know, Stanley Kubrick never planted a monolith on the real moon, and those haven’t made the trek across space.
Yutu-2’s view of the cube is fuzzy and far-off, so the object’s true nature should become clearer as the rover gets closer. The most likely explanation is a boulder. This part of the moon is pockmarked with impact craters, which can feature quite a bit of chunky debris.
The Chang’e-4 mission represents the first surface exploration of the far side of the moon. The rover’s work has helped scientists learn about .