The strange cube was spotted on the horizon around 80 metres from the rover’s location in the Von Kármán crater in November, next to an impact crater.
Yuta 2 will spend the next two to three months moving across the crater to get a closer look at the object which is more likely to be a large boulder than anything else; “mystery house” (shenmi xiaowu in Chinese) is a placeholder name referenced by Our Space, a Chinese science outreach channel affiliated with the China National Space Administration (CNSA).
“It’s not an obelisk or aliens, but certainly something to check out, and hard to discern much from the image. But large boulders (right) are sometimes excavated by impacts”, space journalist Andrew Jones tweeted.
Yuta 2, and the Chang’e 4 lander, first reached the Moon in 2019 – becoming the first man-made craft to ever drive across the far side of our closest natural satellite.
As of May this year, the rover has travelled over 700 metres across the Moon’s surface and can reach a speed of 200 metres per hour on its six wheels, according to state media.
While the cotton plant did sprout – albeit in an £1.15 million aluminium container – they were quickly pronounced dead afterwards due to the cold temperatures.
“We have given consideration to future survival in space. Learning about these plants’ growth in a low-gravity environment would allow us to lay the foundation for our future establishment of space base,” Professor Liu Hanlong of Chongqing University, who led the research, said.
Register for free to continue reading
Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism
By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists
Already have an account? sign in
Join our new commenting forum
Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies