Moon rover:-Weird gel found on the Moon by China's Yutu-2

Pablo Tucker
September 3, 2019

The discovery prompted scientists on the mission to postpone other driving plans for the rover, and instead focus its instruments on trying to figure out what the odd material is.

Thus, they discovered a glistening substance that is being reported to be different from the surrounding regolith in shape, colour and texture, as per the rover's drive diary.

The fascinating find prompted the mission's scientists to alter the rover's travel plans: According to Space.com, the mission team postponed the lunar probe's planned route west and turned its attention to the 'space goo.' Scientists then utilized Yutu-2's Visible and Near-Infrared Spectrometer (VNIS) to analyze the unusual substance in an attempt to identify it.


On July 28, the Chang'e-4 team was preparing to power Yutu-2 down for its usual midday "nap" to protect the rover from high temperatures and radiation from the sun high in the sky.

This is notthe first-time scientists get surprised by a lunar discovery.

Yutu-2carefully approached the crater and then targeted the unusually coloredmaterial and its surroundings.


VNIS is an instrument used to identify the makeup of a material by analyzing the light scattered or reflected off of it. The Yutu-2 rover had covered a total of 890 feet (271 meters) by the end of lunar day 8.

Three days into day 8, a member of the Chang'e 4 team was reviewing images taken during by the rover and noticed a strangely colored material, distinct from the gray soil around it. Yutu-2 was scheduled to move on, but the team instead turned their attention toward the substance and sent the rover to the crater for a better look.

The scientists have not yet provided details on the nature of the substance except that it is gel-like and has an unusual color. Albeit the Chinese scientists have not released any pictures of the site nor have they revealed what it might be, they speculate that the material is glass that may have formed in the heat of the impact that the crater left. It was determined that the soil was created following a volcanic eruption on the Moon 3.64 billion years ago. Since landing in January, it's snapped gorgeous views of the lunar surface and made one unexpected discovery.


During lunar day 9, Yutu-2 will continue its journey west, take a precautionary six-day nap around local noontime, and power down for a ninth lunar night around September 5, about 24 hours hours ahead of local sunset.

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