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Rover to investigate mystery cube-shaped object on the Moon

December 4, 2021 | Comment icon 40 comments

Is this a rock, or something else ? Image Credit: CNSA
China's Yutu-2 rover has set its sights on a very strange object spotted far off in the distance.
There have been a lot of claims about anomalous objects on the lunar surface over the years, but this one - which was captured on camera by China's Yutu-2 rover - appears to be the real deal.

Exhibiting a distinctive cube-like shape that stands out on the horizon against the blackness of space, this mysterious object has attracted the attention of Chinese scientists who have since decided to send the rover all the way over to investigate exactly what it is.

The fact that it is situated on the hidden far side of the Moon only serves to heighten the intrigue.
The photograph has already succeeded in piquing the curiosity of social media users who have been speculating over what the mysterious object could be.

While the suggestions have ranged from an extraterrestrial probe to a monolith straight out of '2001: A Space Oydssey', it is also possible that the 'cube' is in fact nothing more than a common boulder.

One way or the other, things should become clearer as the rover approaches its target.

We will be sure to cover what, if anything, it does find once it reaches its destination.

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #31 Posted by bigjonalien 20 days ago
Not another 'weather balloon'
Comment icon #32 Posted by Abramelin 20 days ago
Yeah, that would be bloody obvious, there being no 'weather' on the moon.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Montello 20 days ago
Rock :0
Comment icon #34 Posted by NCC1701 20 days ago
It looks big because it seems to be on the horizon, but actually it sits on a small hill or ridge and is not to far away.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Timothy 19 days ago
Anyone thinking that this was a mystery is a little bit silly. ’Rock on a rocky planetary body looks rocky but square, what could it be!?’ Probably a rock.
Comment icon #36 Posted by Abramelin 19 days ago
It didn't have to be anything 'alien', it could have been something left or crashed from a previous mission. But yeah, now it appears to be just a rock.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Essan 19 days ago
Ah, but is it? Or is it an alien rabbit?
Comment icon #38 Posted by fred_mc 19 days ago
At least the Chinese thought it was worth rolling for weeks in that direction to look at it closer. If it was NASA, they would probably just have thought "Nah, that's just a rock, nothing to spend time on. Those guys claiming something else on the Internet are just weirdos.".
Comment icon #39 Posted by ChrLzs 17 days ago
To address the last first, are you saying the NASA LRO project has contrary/secret information?  Did you know that you (or anyone with a decent enough antenna system) can intercept the LRO signals and put all the little bits into your very own image files?  And that NASA often releases huge swathes of data to the public to get help with poring over the imagery to spot any genuine anomalies?  No, I suspect you don't. So how are they keeping it all 'secret'?   Anyway, the issue here is called  ......  perspective (also look up 'foreshortening')...  Appearance can be very deceiving - in this case... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by ChrLzs 17 days ago
For the sake of completion, from here: (Chinese) Kinda ironic that the translation for the moon rover's name is actually "Jade Rabbit".....  

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