The Curiosity rover, which is designed to explore Mars, has found an ancient oasis on Mars. Researchers working with the Curiosity rover have found salt-enriched…
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera spotted the curious impact using its narrow-angle camera, which has such a high resolution that it can often see small features from Apollo-era spacecraft that either landed or crashed. According to James Ashley, a postdoctoral associate at Arizona State University (ASU) the contrasting dark and light regions indicate differences in the composition and maturity of the lunar surface features. He suggests that the “butterfly-shaped” mass of lunar rubble seen in the picture could be the remnants of NASA’s Lunar Orbiter 2, which made a planned crash landing on the moon in 1967 at the end of its mission.
The unmanned Lunar Orbiter 2 was a spacecraft used in 1966 to help scope out possible landing sites for the Apollo and Surveyor missions.Scientists are not sure what caused this impact feature and they are currently re-targeting the area under a higher incidence angle to more accurately measure the diameter of the crater.
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