What has been the new find in the hidden face of the Moon?

The National Space Administration of China (ANEC) has managed to analyze the different terrestrial layers of the moon’s hidden face thanks to the Yutu-2 rover of the mission.

Just over a year ago, specifically on January 3, 2019, the National Space Administration of China (ANEC) achieved one of the most important landmarks in the history of outer space: landing successfully on the hidden side of the Moon.

Thanks to the Chang’e 4 probe launched on December 7, 2018, the mission achieved its first objective in order to analyze the composition of this area, never analyzed, and have more data on the possible origin of the universe.

A few months later, in September 2019, ANEC published in its official accounts the discovery of a substance of unknown origin seen by the Yutu-2 rover of the mission. What’s new? The administration has just revealed how the subsoil of the mysterious hidden face of the Moon is formed.

Three different layers up to 40 meters deep

The results have been published in the journal Science Advances and represent a great advance to know the geology of this face of the satellite. Thanks to the lunar radar used by the rover to penetrate the subsoil and analyze it, researchers have been able to analyze the different layers up to 40 meters deep.

The probe was able to detect a porous and regular material in the subsoil different from those studied previously. In this sense, the radar could find a first layer under the surface, 12 meters deep, formed by rocks of homogeneous material and charged with solar radiation. Then he found a second layer 24 meters deep of uniform and larger rocks that reached two meters. Finally, they reached 40 meters and found less rocky areas and land.

According to research, these layers have probably formed due to the impacts that the planet will have suffered throughout history. It is a new milestone since it is the first time that a rover of a space mission reaches such levels of depth.

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