Crashed Rocket Found on the Moon After 43 Years

Crashed rocket found on the Moon
NASA has solved a 43-year-old mystery by finally locating Apollo 16’s rocket booster, the third stage of a Saturn V rocket that crash landed on the moon in 1972.

High-res images of the spacecraft were captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), launched in 2009 and unveiled by US space agency earlier this month.

The crash site, which looks like a popped pimple on the man in the moon’s face, is in the Mare Insularum neighborhood, about 160 miles southwest of the Copernicus Crater.

“Earlier in the LRO mission, the Apollo 13, 14, 15 and 17 impact sites were successfully identified. In the case of Apollo 16, radio contact with the booster was lost before the impact, so the location was only poorly known,” read NASA’s announcement.

Jeff Plescia, a planetary scientist from John Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory, told the blog Inside Out Space that the plan was to crash the rocket booster into the Moon with the intention of measuring seismic activity on Earth’s natural satellite.

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