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Unidentified spacecraft debris spotted on surface of the Moon

June 30, 2022 | Comment icon 7 comments

What exactly is this debris from ? Image Credit: NASA / Goddard / Arizona State University
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has captured an image of a mystery rocket part on the lunar surface.
The debris, which appears circular in shape, has generated quite a bit of interest on social media recently with some conspiracy theorists claiming that it is evidence of undocumented visits to the Moon or even signs of intelligent extraterrestrials.

Officially, the object in the photograph is believed to be a component from a man-made spacecraft, however specifically which spacecraft and who sent it continues to remain a genuine mystery.

It was originally thought that the debris was from a SpaceX launch, however there is also a chance that it could be from a spacecraft launched by China.

According to reports, the object impacted the lunar surface on March 4th of this year.
NASA maintains that an analysis of the crash site could help to determine the origin of the debris.

"The double crater was unexpected and may indicate that the rocket body had large masses at each end," the space agency wrote.

"Typically a spent rocket has mass concentrated at the motor end; the rest of the rocket stage mainly consists of an empty fuel tank."

"Since the origin of the rocket body remains uncertain, the double nature of the crater may indicate its identity."

Source: New York Post | Comments (7)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Splendor Solis 1 month ago
I'm guessing a country launched something, hoping to land on the moon, and it likely ended badly. But what country and what was launched?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 1 month ago
It would not shock me at all to find out it is from a secret US Space Force project. 
Comment icon #3 Posted by qxcontinuum 1 month ago
And why it couldn't have been a meteorite? 
Comment icon #4 Posted by kartikg 1 month ago
This was from China, they tried to hide their failure.
Comment icon #5 Posted by DreadLordAvatar 1 month ago
It’s a triangular object. That should be the starting point of discussion.
Comment icon #6 Posted by OpenMindedSceptic 1 month ago
It's aliens 
Comment icon #7 Posted by ExoPaul 22 days ago
This concerns me because Western space launches are tracked mainly by the public. So it kind of rules out most US launches. That places it in a more secretive country like China. But why would they hide its origin? I think that is due to the unexplained double crater. A spent rocket is weighted in one end, but a rocket with a payload may suggest a rocket designed to send a human crew to the moon. The reason its all hush-hush could be that this was a manned moon mission by China, that went badly and has now crashed on the moon with loss of all life and they want to cover it up because it will l... [More]

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