The team behind China’s & Chang’E 4 mission, which works the Yutu-2 rover, claimed the unusual “gel-like” material’s “shape and color is somewhat different from the nearby lunar ground ” later Yutu-2’s second pass by the crater in August (the first examination was deemed disappointing as there were too many shadows from the images).
The latest graphics were taken by the rover’s obstacle-avoidance camera since it approached the seven-foot-wide (two-meter) craterand also the origin of the peculiar substance.
The red and green tinges from the image are as a result of the instrument used, an obvious and Near-Infrared Spectrometer (VNIS), which detects light as it is scattered or mirrored substances to show their chemical makeup, rather than the color emanating from the substance itself.
While it’s too early to tell exactly what the substance is, researchers such as Clive Neal, a lunar scientist at the University of Notre Dame, speculate that the substance might be fragments of nutritional supplements cemented together to create black glistening glass like a result of high-speed effects on the lunar surface, and this could make sense, considering the fact that the substance is located in a crater.
Up to now, Yutu-2 has traveled some 934 feet (285 meters) since touching down on the far side of this moon January 2. The Chinese mission completed its ninth lunar day in September 5. Lunar day 10 begins around September 22 to get Yutu-2 and the subsequent day to its lander. Roughly two weeks A lunar day lasts.
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