Is This the Lunar Crash Site of a 1967 Spacecraft?
A unusual-seeking affect crater has been spotted by NASA's present lunar satellite, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The odd-searching affect function photographed on the far side of the moon by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Click to enlarge this picture.
Scientists may possibly have just discovered a lost 1967 spacecraft that took "the photograph of the century" just before crashing on the moon.
The Lunar Orbiter 2 was sent to the moon to map out possible landing websites for the Apollo missions, and although its attempts weren't the most productive, the spacecraft made its mark in background for taking a photograph of the lunar surface widely regarded as the "picture of the century."
NASA intentionally crashed the satellite on the much side of the moon, out of the sight of telescopes and radios -- that means the space agency has no notion what occurred to the craft.
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Images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbirter (LRO) spacecraft have enabled scientists to stitch together a high-resolution topographic map of the moon. The new moon map covers 98.2 percent of the moon's surface. According to Space.com, the new moon map has a pixel scale of about 330 feet. Mark Robinson of Arizona State University, principal...
Scientists have stitched together the highest-resolution topographic map of the moon ever created, using observations made by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft. The new lunar map covers 98.2 percent of the moon and depicts the natural satellite's surface and features at a pixel scale of about 330 feet (100 meters).
( via news.discovery.com )
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