Physicist finds crash site on the moon

Apollo 16 // NASA mission

Let’s flash back to 1972. The Apollo 16 mission, the fifth NASA mission involving the moon, allowed astronauts to make their way up there and release their Saturn V stage 3 booster after successfully getting in the lunar orbit.

Unfortunately, it malfunctioned and they lost all the data. Thus, losing the location where the Saturn V had landed.

Well, now that it’s 44 years later, Jeff Plescia decided it was time we finally found out where the heck this thing has been! Using NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the physicist was able to detect where the Saturn V stage 3 booster had landed. The LROC system provides high-resolution pictures of the lunar surface. This has allowed us to find out so many things about our moon, like that it might be having moonquakes.

“I did finally find the Apollo 16 SIVB crater,” Plescia says. “It looks like the others, but its position was much more poorly defined since the tracking was lost prior to impact.” (via ScienceAlert)

Not only were we able to find something as important as this, but we also found Charles Duke’s family photo, which he left on the moon April 20th of  1972.

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