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Mystery of 'cube' on the Moon has been solved

By T.K. Randall
January 9, 2022 · Comment icon 40 comments

No, it's not actually a cube. Image Credit: CNSA
China's Yutu-2 rover has determined the nature of a mystery cube-shaped object that was photographed last month.
The latest in a long line of anomalous objects spotted in photographs taken on the lunar surface, the peculiar cube-shaped object generated a great deal of speculation back in December.

The fact that it was situated on the hidden far side of the Moon only served to heighten the mystery, with Chinese scientists opting to send the rover all the way across the crater to investigate.

Now, at last, after more than a month of trundling across the lunar regolith, the Yutu-2 rover has finally determined exactly what the mystery object actually is... and yes, it's a rock.

Its cube-like appearance was seemingly down to a chance arrangement of light and shadow.
To further emphasize how things can look like other things, there had also been reports that the 'cube' was in fact 'rabbit-shaped' - or at least that's how it had appeared as the rover had gotten nearer.

The scattered stones in front of it were also reported to have resembled a carrot.

As the close-up image below proves, however, it really is nothing more than a bog-standard rock.

Source: CTV News | Comments (40)

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Comment icon #31 Posted by bigjonalien 2 years ago
Not another 'weather balloon'
Comment icon #32 Posted by Abramelin 2 years ago
Yeah, that would be bloody obvious, there being no 'weather' on the moon.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Montello 2 years ago
Rock :0
Comment icon #34 Posted by NCC1701 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years 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 2 years ago
Ah, but is it? Or is it an alien rabbit?
Comment icon #38 Posted by fred_mc 2 years 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 2 years 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 t... [More]
Comment icon #40 Posted by ChrLzs 2 years 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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