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A “mysterious rocket body” crashed into the Moon and left a “double crater”, which is an even bigger mystery for scientists.
That means it wasn’t your average rocket, NASA reported in a June 24 press release.
So far, none of Earth’s space-exploring nations have taken credit – or blame – for the accident.
NASA said astronomers spotted the rocket on a collision course with the Moon last year and are waiting to see what might happen.
It hit on March 4 and apparently put on quite a show.
“Amazingly, the crater is actually made up of two craters, an eastern crater (diameter 18 meters, about 19.5 meters) superimposed on a western crater (diameter 16 meters, about 17.5 meters),” reported the Nasa.
“The double crater was unexpected. … No other rocket body impact on the Moon has created double craters.
At least 47 NASA rocket bodies have created “spacecraft impacts” on the Moon, according to 2016 data from Arizona State University.
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spotted the twin crater site near Hertzsprung Crater, a “complex” impact crater on the far side of the Moon.
The double crater may indicate that the rocket “had large masses at each end,” which is not the norm, according to NASA.
Used rockets typically have a heavy motor at one end and a lighter, empty fuel tank at the other, scientists say.
So what was the extra heavy mass? NASA did not offer guesses.
“Since the origin of the rocket body remains uncertain, the dual nature of the crater may indicate its identity,” NASA said.
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