At the beginning of 2019, China announced that it had successfully landed a spacecraft on the dark side of the moon, an astounding achievement perhaps mirroring in terms of difficulty in our own incredible accomplishment in 1969.
At the time of the historic landing Macau University of Science and Technology, Professor Zhu Menghua acknowledged that China is the first country to ever land a spacecraft on the side of the moon that faces away from Earth, stating, “We Chinese people have done something that the Americans have not dared try.”
Now comes word after 9-months of exploring the other side of the moon by China’s Chang’e-4 lunar rover, that something strange and perplexing has been discovered.
According to “Our Space” a government-sanctioned publication by the communist régime, an oddly colored “gel-like” substance with a “mysterious luster.”
The Yutu-2 rover made the discovery on July 25th and thus far has not been able to explain what it might be.
However researches not directly affiliated with the Chinese space agency have speculated that the gel may be “melt glass,” a substance created from meteorites hitting the far side of the moon according to Space.com.
The discovery of the “gel-like” substance occurred as the team on Earth began preparations to power down the Chang’e-4 lunar rover for its daily maintenance check when someone from the team began the routine task of examining the photos from the main camera and suddenly found a crater with what appeared to be an oddly colored anomaly on its surface.
The discovery immediately had both the operating team and lunar scientists huddling attempting to identify the “mysterious luster,” on the surface of the crater within the photographs. A decision was made to scrap the scheduled maintenance and send the land rover back to the sight.
The Chinese Space Agency has yet to release any official photos of the gel-like substance; however, it has been described in detail in the rover’s drive diary.
Photos of the Yutu-2 rover and the tracks it has made on the Moon have been published on the official QQ China Lunar Exploration Project blog, which seems extremely odd, that an actual photo has yet to be released by the Chinese Space Agency.
The régime since 2013 has seriously invested their time and financial resources in space exploration becoming the third country after the United States and the then-Soviet Union, to successfully “soft-land” on the Moon.
“The space dream is part of the dream to make China stronger,” President Xi Jinping said in 2013, shortly after becoming China’s leader.
China’s Chang’e-4 lunar rover was launched on December 8th, 2018, and although it’s quite an accomplishment landing on the dark side of the moon, America is the only country to have actually placed astronauts on the Moon, most recently in December of 1972, during the Apollo 17 mission.
To date, only 12 men have set foot on the moon, and all of them are Americans.
President Trump has vowed to once again make space the next frontier, signing a bill authorizing close to $20 billion in funding for NASA, the first such authorization in 7-years.
The President has also vowed to send humans to Mars by the year 2030.
“I think it’s really more of a vote for stability,” said Scott Pace, director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University. He noted that the passage of the last NASA authorization bill in 2010 was fairly chaotic since it involved ending the Constellation program that would have sent astronauts to the moon.