Break-Through Phenomenon Was Just Found On Moon
While you may not know the mineral composition of an asteroid or the exact size of the Milky Way, everyone knows the basic order of the world. But sometimes that natural order is subverted by a monumental find. In fact, a lunar rover scouring the surface of the moon recently uncovered a strange substance amidst the familiar rocks and dust that scientists had long thought was impossible.
Unlike the space race era, people aren’t going to the moon so much lately. However, scientists are still scouring its surface for clues about the universe. In fact, China launched Yutu-2, an unmanned lunar rover that uncovered something … unusual.
After landing on the dark side of the moon in late 2018, Yutu-2 started tracking across the lunar surface. It constantly snapped pictures along the way, hoping to capture evidence of anything that could be scientifically significant.
Need to nap
Scientists would eagerly examine each photo after it was beamed back to Earth, but they never spotted anything unusual. The rover needed to “nap” each day, however, giving them some time for extra analysis.
During the rover’s naptime, scientists on Earth analyzed each photo down to the smallest details. As usual, they saw a great deal of dust. But then, in one photo, something abnormal stood out against the moon’s craggy landscape.
As you might imagine, the moon’s surface is pretty plain. While there are plenty of ridges and craters, there isn’t a great deal of color variation; just about everything is the same shade of dusty gray.
In one photo, however, there was a small glint of light. Something was shining at the bottom of a crater. The scientists were perplexed; nothing on the moon should naturally be reflective …
Glint of light
Re-assuming control of the mission’s rover, the researchers guided it back towards the crater in question. If something unexplained was there, they were going to see it up close and personal!
Yutu-2 crested the lip of the crater and dropped down into the dust. After a few quick maneuvers, its spectrometer was able to locate the strange substance. But what had the rover found?
Similar to a nuke