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NASA detects a rocket landing on the moon

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NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which began mapping the moon in 2009, spotted the site of a rocket impact on the far side of the moon, which occurred in early March.

NASA released images of the impact on Friday, which actually showed a double crater: a 19.5-yard hole that overlaps a 17.5-yard hole.

Astronomers had expected that a stray rocket booster would collide with the moon, making it the first time that space debris had been unintentionally observed colliding with our natural moon, but what NASA did not expect is the “double crater.”

“The double crater was unexpected and may indicate that the rocket body had large masses at each end,” NASA wrote in a description of the image. “A spent rocket usually has a concentrated mass at the end of the engine. The rest of the rocket stage consists primarily of from an empty fuel tank. As the origin of the missile body remains uncertain, the dual nature of the crater may indicate its identity.”

Independent astronomer Bill Gray, who tracks objects traveling in the vicinity of Earth’s solar system, has published evidence that the abandoned rocket booster is from a 2014 Chinese lunar mission (Chang’e 5-T1), although he originally thought it was a SpaceX rocket. . China denies that the now-branded booster belongs to it.

Whoever is responsible, the damage to the lunar surface, while not nearly catastrophic, underscores part of humanity’s growing space-waste problem, and how it affects or pollutes other worlds. Some missiles, after exploding their satellites or spacecraft in space, are left in “chaotic” orbits, with the possibility of spent missiles falling to the ground or the possibility of being thrown into deeper space.

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Before this missile impact, humanity had already left its mark on the Moon.
The rocket boosters from the Apollo missions (parts of NASA’s massive Saturn V rocket) left a number of craters about 40 yards wide on the lunar surface. There are bags of astronauts’ feces on the moon.