NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has discovered a new crater on Mars the size of a three-story house. Experts have their doubts.
WASHINGTON, DC – It’s almost a bit of a tradition: Shortly after a space probe lands on the moon — or more often, lands on the lunar surface — NASA flies over the landing or crash site with its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. (LRO). And published an image of it. Recently, LRO was able to identify and image two new features on the lunar surface.
On August 19, the Russian lunar probe “Luna-25” collided with the Earth’s satellite, and on August 23, the Indian space probe “Chandrayaan-3” successfully landed on the moon. A before-and-after comparison of two LRO images clearly shows that there is a new crater on the moon’s surface. “Because the new crater is close to the estimated point of impact of Luna-25, the LRO team believes it likely came from this mission rather than a natural impact,” NASA wrote in a statement. notice.
NASA probe discovers a new crater on the moon – the site of the “Luna-25” crash.
According to NASA, the new crater is about ten meters in diameter, making it the size of a three-story building. According to the US space agency, it is located on the steep inner edge of the Ponticulant G crater, about 400 km from the actually planned landing point of the “Luna-25” probe.
The Russian lunar lander encountered technical problems during its landing on the moon, which eventually led to its crash. A few days later, the Russian space agency Roscosmos released estimated data from the crash site, allowing NASA to fly the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter over the site. On August 24, the LRO recorded the site of the alleged crash, and on the ground the LRO team compared the new images with images taken of the area in June 2022.
NASA is also photographing India’s moon landing site
Just a day before LRO captured a photo of the crash site of the Russian probe, India made a sensation: the country managed a soft landing on the Moon using the “Chandrayaan-3” probe, becoming only the fourth country (after the former Soviet Union, USA and China) Which worked.
And here too, NASA was there and took a photo. The landing site is about 600 kilometers from the moon’s south pole. “The bright halo surrounding the craft is the result of the interaction between the rocket’s trajectory and the fine-grained regolith.” NASA writes To register. (unpaid bill)
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