The Yutu-2 lunar exploration vehicle of the Chinese space mission Chang’e-4 discovered macroscopic translucent glass debris during an exploration tour on the far side of the Moon.
The Yutu-2 rover is a six-wheeled vehicle that has been traveling on the dark side of the Moon since January 2019, and is equipped with four scientific instruments, including an infrared vision system and a panoramic camera.
Precisely, the detection of the remains of macroscopic translucent glass were captured with the rover’s panoramic camera, and According to experts told the Chinese state agency Xinhuathe material found is likely to be “impact glass produced during lunar cratering events.”
The researchers said these materials are different from the glass beads collected last century by the Apollo lunar missions. In addition, they consider that these glass globules would be abundant in the high areas of the Moon. Their analysis could reveal part of the history of the first lunar impacts.
The details of the finding were told in an article published in the scientific journal Science Bulletin.
Since its initial tour in January 2019, the Yutu-2 lunar rover has traveled more than 1,000 meters to the dark side of the Moon.
On its journey, this vehicle has documented the finding “gelatinous rocks”.
In addition, using his scientific instruments, he found a green gel-like material in the Von Kármán lunar regolith. Experts from the Chinese Space Agency believe that this peculiar material may be molten rock from an impact, or a glass gap generated by the crash.