Yutu-2 Rover: China’s rover ‘trapped’ in mud on the Moon

Yutu-2 Rover: China's rover 'trapped' in mud on the Moon

Yutu-2 Rover: The first rover to reach the far side of the Moon, China’s Yutu-2, has noticed a significant difference between this hill and other areas. More viscous soil, small rocks, and craters have been discovered here by the rover. This part of the Moon remains unknown despite several crewed and uncrewed exploration missions to the Moon. The difficulty in communicating with the earth from here is the main reason for this. However, the Yutu-2 rover was landed on this surface by China’s Chang’e 4 mission in 2019 for exploration. Based on probes using Yutu-2 revolving techniques, radar, and spectrometry, Liang Ding of the Harbin Institute of Technology and colleagues inferred the character and nature of the soil in the distant region. The rover is slipping less than the Moon’s near side, according to the researchers. This indicates that the soil in the distance is relatively flat. The clay also seemed to stick well to the rover’s six wheels, indicating that it is viscous.

Will contribute to the development of the future rover

This will aid scientists in the development of future lunar rovers. Understanding the nature of soil and the distribution of rocks on the Moon’s surface can help us better understand its history. According to Lionel Wilson of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, “a large proportion of the younger rocks are probably linked to the age of the surface.” The Yutu-2 rover also discovered dark green, shiny material beneath a crater, which resembled the glassy material found in Apollo mission samples.

China’s two lunar missions are currently operational.

Two Chinese missions have already landed on the moon’s surface. In 2013, a spacecraft named Cheng-E-3 made it to the moon’s surface. Chang-e-4, on the other hand, landed on the lunar surface in January 2019 with a lander and the Yutu-2 rover. These missions, according to reports, are still operational. On January 3, 2019, the solar-powered Yutu 2 and Chang’e 4 landers landed on the Moon’s far side. Yutu-2 is investigating the 186 km von Karmann crater on the Moon as a result of this.