Argentine authorities on Monday reported the return of the first lunar rover to the country’s arable lands in more than two decades, after it was buried in a snowstorm and abandoned by authorities a month ago.
The rover was brought back to the Arrupó de la Paz area near the city of San Pedro de Macias, where authorities had decided to bury it under a pile of snow on April 22.
The lander was buried at a height of 5.3 meters (16 feet) and weighed about 3.4 tons.
The return of a lander is not uncommon in Argentina, as its arable soils are usually less fertile than those of the soil on the moon, but the arable area is still far from fully arable.
Argentina’s Ministry of Land and Environment and the National Space Agency have worked to find a way to make the arid land even more arable, including planting the soil with a special nutrient called terebium sulfide, a mineral that’s found in the soil but is not found in soils on Earth.
The arable fields have a high biodiversity and can support plant and animal life, according to the Ministry of the Environment.
The arablelands on the Moon were used for the Apollo missions and many other missions, but Argentina’s arables have only recently been explored.