Jade Rabbit No. 2 brings "surprise"
According to the information network on September 4th, the US media said that China’s 嫦娥4 detector found an unusual color in the activity of detecting the back of the moon. "gelatinous" substance.
According to the US Space News Network reported on September 1, the Yutu No. 2 lunar rover accidentally discovered this "surprise." The discovery prompted scientists to postpone the other driving plans of the lunar rover and instead focus their research on figuring out what this strange substance is.
According to the "Driving Diary" of Yutu No. 2 published by the Chinese government "Our Space" aerospace media matrix on August 17, July 25, at the Beijing Aerospace Flight Control Center "Drivers" help and planning Rabbit II began walking in an area filled with a variety of small craters.
On July 28th, the team on the 4th was ready to let the Yutu No. 2 power off and carry out the daily noon "snoring", this operation is to protect it from high temperature. Weather and the effects of solar radiation. A team member found a small crater when examining images taken by the Lunar Owner's camera, which seemed to contain something that was different in color and gloss from the surrounding lunar surface environment.
The report said that the team members who were excited about this discovery summoned their lunar scientists. They jointly decided to postpone the plan to continue driving westward on Yutu No. 2 and direct it to conduct a detailed study of this strange substance.
With the help of the obstacle avoidance camera, Yutu No. 2 carefully approached the crater, and then used the unusual color and its surroundings as the target of observation. The lunar rover carefully examined the two areas using its "visible and near-infrared spectrometers."
So far, scientists who have performed this task have not provided any information about the nature of this colored substance, but simply call it "gel-like" and "unusual color." According to outside researchers, one possible explanation is that this substance is the molten glass produced when meteorites hit the surface of the moon.
Report said, however, the discovery of Yutu No. 2 is not the first moon surprise that scientists have received. In 1972, Apollo 17 astronaut and geologist Harrison Schmidt discovered orange soil near the landing site of the Taurus-Litrow valley. Lunar geologists concluded that the orange soil was formed during a volcanic eruption of 3.64 billion years ago.