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China Releases New Pic of Weird Substance Its Moon Rover Found

October 22nd 19__Victor Tangermann__Filed Under: Hard Science
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Mysterious Gel

In August, Chinese lunar rover Yutu-2 discovered something strange on the far side of the Moon: a mysterious substance that the Chinese space agency referred to as “gel-like” and “colored.”

And now, China’s Lunar Exploration Program has released a new photo of the substance — shedding more light on what the strange substance could possibly be.

Image Credit: CNSA/CLEP

Impact Glass

According to experts, it’s most likely what scientists initially hypothesized: dark glass formed as a result of an impact — the same stuff American astronauts found during the Apollo 17 mission, Space.com reports. High velocity meteor impacts are able to pressurize minerals into shiny glass that can end up refracting light in surprising ways.

“I think the most reliable information here is that the material is relatively dark,” Dan Moriarty, NASA Postdoctoral Program fellow at the Goddard Space Flight Center told Space.com. “It appears to have brighter material embedded within the larger, darker regions, although there is a chance that is light glinting off a smooth surface.”

Sleep Cycle

Previously, Yutu-2 struggled to get a closer look since the strange object was at the bottom of a crater.

The lander is about to wake up from its two week long, lunar night cycle slumber. Perhaps then, we’ll be getting more answers.

READ MORE: Here’s What China’s Yutu 2 Rover Found on the Far Side of the Moon (Photos) [Space.com]

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