In an act of sheer lunar-cy, some people reckon there’s an actual alien hut on the surface of the moon. Pictures beamed back to Earth from the Chinese Yutu-2 lunar rover, which currently calls the far side of the moon home, show something mysterious.
It’s a cube-shaped structure (or, most likely – rock) clearly visible on the horizon. But the Chinese space authorities say they will direct their rover over to the “hut” to investigate further.
That could take some time, though. According to Our Space, a site linked to the China National Space Administration, the object is about 80 metres away.
It will take the rover a couple of months to get up close. The site itself is happy to stoke the fires of internet conspiracy theories by suggesting it’s an alien dwelling.
“This object pierced through the winding of the skyline, like a “mysterious hut” that appeared out of thin air,” it reports. “There was a large “baby” impact crater beside it.
“Was it a home built by aliens after the crash landing? Or is it the pioneer spacecraft of the predecessors to explore the moon?”
The Yutu-2 rover landed in the Von Kármán crater in the South Pole-Aitken Basin back in January 2019 and has notched up over 1,000 days of exploring so far.
To date, the six-wheeled vehicle has travelled 840 metres and has sent back 3.6 terabytes of data.
Meanwhile, despite the obvious attraction of happening across extra-terrestrial real estate, experts aren’t hopeful.
Space journalist Andrew Jones follows China’s expanding space programme. He explained that, while it probably wasn’t aliens, the mystery cube was certainly worth checking out.
But, if it does indeed prove to be a hut, it could become quite a hot property. Think about it: plenty of outdoor space with room to extend, a great view and no property taxes. Just a shame it’s a bit inconvenient to get to the shops, schools or any other kind of human habitation.
- A Tell / Metro report