The soil on the dark side of the moon turned out to be sticky

(ORDO NEWS) — The Chinese lunar rover Yutu-2 has been exploring the far side of the Moon for three years now.

In a paper published in the journal Science Robotics, the Yutu-2 team reports on the rover’s progress and what it has learned about the far side of the moon.

One of the findings of the paper is that the soil on the far side of the Moon appears to be slightly stickier than on the visible side.

The researchers figured this out because clods of lunar soil stuck to Yutu 2’s wheels, suggesting that the surface on the far side is more consolidated and loamy (similar to a mixture of sand and clay).

Yutu-2 also found many craters that were relatively small. Of the 88 craters the team described in the paper, 57 were less than 10 meters in diameter.

Some of these craters are likely secondary craters to a larger one called Joliot, near which the rover landed, and not the result of individual impacts.


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