More and more footage of our celestial neighbour is emerging following China’s historic landing on the far side of the moon.
The Yutu 2, which translates to “Jade Rabbit 2”, successfully landed on the far side of the moon on January 3, 2019, making China the first country to achieve such a feat.
New video footage shows the rover making its first tracks on the moon as it drives around, preparing to undertake its mission; Yutu 2 has its work cut out for it over the next three months as it studies the moon’s environment.
Slightly better version of Yutu II roving about (in a sciency way)
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The rover will conduct studies on two craters, the South Pole–Aitken basin and the Von Kármán crater, which scientists hope will give us an insight into the origins of the moon and the early solar system.
Yutu 2 will also examine whether extraterrestrial life could grow in the moon’s low gravity environment. Silkworm eggs and various plant seeds, including potato, were sent over with the rover and will be placed inside a heated and pressurised stainless steel container.