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NASA: two craters on the Moon’s surface were created by a “mystery rocket body”

Mystery on the moon

NASA has published a new discovery on the Moon’s surface: two new large craters which created by a “mystery rocket body” that collided with the moon earlier this year. The “double crater,” meaning it wasn’t the rocket was not one we know. “Unexpectedly, the crater is actually two craters and may indicate that the rocket body had large masses at each end:

NASA experts are perplexed as to who launched the strange missile as no government has claimed responsibility. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter published new photographs of the strange crash site on June 24.

NASA was aware of the collision, on March 4 in the “complex” Hertzsprung crater on the far side of the Moon. Astronomers saw an unidentified rocket on a collision path with the Moon. They even predicted its impact.

 NASA said “surprisingly the crater is actually two craters, an eastern crater (18-meter diameter, about 19.5 yards) superimposed on a western crater (16-meter diameter, about 17.5 yards. The double crater was unexpected…No other rocket body impacts on the Moon created double craters.” 

These four images show craters formed by impacts of the Apollo SIV-B stages crater diameters range from 35 to 40 meters 38.2 to 43.7 yards in the longest dimension. Credits NASA Goddard Arizona State University

NASA indicated that the two huge masses may have formed the craters on either end of the rocket but emphasized that the impact marks are exceedingly rare. According to NASA, used rockets typically have a hefty motor at one end and a lightweight empty fuel tank at the other. The space agency did not speculate on the nature of the extra mass. NASA stated in a press release, “Since the origin of the rocket body remains unknown, the twofold nature of the crater may disclose its identification.”

Arizona State University data from 2016 indicates that at least 47 NASA rocket bodies have caused “spacecraft collisions” on the moon. NASA reports that four big lunar craters linked to the Apollo 13, 14, 15, and 17 missions are significantly larger than each of the overlapping craters caused by the March 4 impact. Scientists report that the greatest width of the new twin crater is comparable to that of the Apollo craters.



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