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posted by janrinok on Wednesday January 12, @06:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the they-didn't-really-expect-a-fried-rice-concession-did-they? dept.

Chinese Lunar Rover Confirms 'Mystery Hut' Is Just a Rock - ExtremeTech:

China made history in 2018 when it landed the Chang'e 4 mission on the lunar surface. The lander deployed a plucky little rover known as Yutu-2, which is still trundling around the far side of the moon—a first for humanity. Late last year, the rover spotted something unusual in the distance: a small square object dubbed the "mystery hut." The rover approached to get a closer look, and sure enough, it's a rock. It has a better name now, though. Say hello to the Jade Rabbit.

The bizarre object appeared on a photo from Yutu-2 in November 2021. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) said it would spend the next several lunar days getting closer to the object to take a closer look. So why are we only hearing about this now? A lunar day is 29.5 earth days, so the reveal is right on time.

Yutu-2 has now traveled just over a thousand meters (3,280 feet). From its vantage a few hundred meters away in November, the mystery hut looked like a small, squat building with a flat roof. The dark spot in the middle gave it the look of a shelter of some sort.


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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @08:33AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 12, @08:33AM (#1212050)

    You don't understand. The wizard who lives in the hut has millennia of practice maintaining the disguise. The Chinese are not part of the conspiracy, they are fellow victims!

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