An unusual “Milestone” was found standing on the far side of the moon

With all the excitement surrounding what is fast Become Like prof traffic jam at Mars In orbit, you may have forgotten the cool things that happen on the moon.

China Chang’e 4 The lander and Yutu 2 rover went into sleep over the entire lunar night that lasted approximately 14 days, during which time Radioisotope heating units Keep it warm during temperatures as low as minus 190 degrees Celsius (minus 310 Fahrenheit). Waking up on February 6th, Yutu 2 soon came across an unusual rock emerging from the surrounding moon landscape.

The Rock – which Yutu 2 decided to refer to as a ‘Milestone’ Instead of the more dramatic “monolith” we had all hoped for – it was protruding from the ground, capturing the curiosity of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) and justifying a closer approach.

The rock is seen near the crater. The rock itself may have been caused by a collision. Image credit: CNSA
The picture that caught the interest of China, a strange rock standing alone on a soft background. Image credit: CNSA

The next day they took a closer look, and provided evidence of what might have formed the strange “stalagmites” on the moon.

The rock is close. Image credit: CNSA.

The shell-like shape indicates that the rock is young, geologically speaking, since it has not undergone erosion and rounding, just as if you were finding round stones on the beach.

Dan Moriarty is a postdoctoral fellow at NASA at Goddard Space Flight Center: “It looks like it’s crust and is coming out of the Earth. That’s definitely unusual.” He told

“The repetitive impacts, stresses of thermal circulation, and other forms of weathering on the lunar surface will all tend to break rocks into more or less spherical shapes, given adequate time.”

It indicates that the rock may have emerged from a collision, most likely from a nearby crater.

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the team Planning to use Ranger Infrared and Visual Imaging Spectrometer equipment for further analysis of rocks. The instrument detects the scattered light from the rock to analyze its composition.

The tool was used for analysis ‘Gel-like’ substance It was found on the surface of the moon in 2019. The material turned out to be similar to samples taken by the Apollo 17 mission in 1972, which was also described as “dark, broken shards of minerals bonded together and shiny black glass.” Detection analysis It is possible that a rock melted together during the collision event.

Olga Dmitrieva

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