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Lost spacecraft found on the moon


Posted on Friday, 11 May, 2012 | Comment icon 12 comments


Image credit: NASA

 
By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

A spacecraft launched in the 1960s is thought to have been found on the dark side of the moon.

Lunar Orbiter 2 was launched by NASA in 1967 for the purpose of documenting possible landing sites for the upcoming Apollo missions, it took over 800 photographs before it went down somewhere on the far side of the moon and its location had never been found, that is until now. Picked up in images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the location of the crash site has now been determined for the first time.

"NASA scientists have found the crash site, pictured above, of a spacecraft set into orbit during the early 60s."

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Comment icon #3 Posted by Nuke_em on 11 May, 2012, 12:46
All the talk about the crashed probe, but WHY did it crashed just like that? No one is saying anything about why? Strange that probe actualy makes 800 photos and then crashes out of a sudden ( i am certanitly not implying aliens nor decepticons ).
Comment icon #4 Posted by Rafterman on 11 May, 2012, 13:02
All the talk about the crashed probe, but WHY did it crashed just like that? No one is saying anything about why? Strange that probe actualy makes 800 photos and then crashes out of a sudden ( i am certanitly not implying aliens nor decepticons ). It states in the article that it was intentionally crashed.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 11 May, 2012, 13:48
It states in the article that it was intentionally crashed. Exactly. All five Lunar Orbiters were crashed into the moon so that they could not present a potential threat to the Apollo missions. I would point out that this story is old news. The article linked to in the original post is from 8th August 2011, although that does not prevent it being interesting. Curiously it appears not to have been reported on UM at the time. Better late than never. Since this discovery LRO has taken ever increasingly detailed images of the Apollo landing sites and some of the Russian unmanned probes landing sit... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by Freshness on 12 May, 2012, 3:38
Sure it was lost? Conspiracy theories!
Comment icon #7 Posted by Atlantia on 12 May, 2012, 11:36
"Lost spacecraft found on the moon" Unfortunately it's one of 'ours'.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Nuke_em on 12 May, 2012, 20:03
Ahaa i see thanks wasp and raft didn't read it fully my bad!
Comment icon #9 Posted by DONTEATUS on 12 May, 2012, 21:39
Look long enough with bright enough minds and eyes and we shall See ! Great post Waspie ! And orig. poster ! Sorry bout that I thought Waspie posted that first. Offeirland.
Comment icon #10 Posted by S I N on 13 May, 2012, 11:02
How is it lost if it was crashed intentionally?
Comment icon #11 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 13 May, 2012, 22:01
How is it lost if it was crashed intentionally? Because the actual location of the impact was unknown.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Ryn on 14 May, 2012, 6:21
Transformers 3 anyone?? Humor me lol


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