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NASA offers explanation for mysterious object orbiting the Moon

By T.K. Randall
April 13, 2024 · Comment icon 0 comments
Object orbiting the Moon.
What could this object be ? Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) recently photographed a curious object moving at high speed.
The object, which resembles a thin black streak in the pictures, quickly became a topic of debate on social media with users speculating over exactly what it could be.

It wasn't long before various media outlets had also picked up on the story.

While rumors of alien visitors and top-secret black projects promptly ensued, it was NASA that ultimately stepped in to offer an explanation and to settle the debate once and for all.

It turned out that the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) had been deliberately poised to take the shot (no mean feat considering that the object had been traveling at 2 miles per second).
The 'UFO' was in fact Danuri - the Republic of Korea's first ever lunar spacecraft.

"NASA's LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter), which has been circling and studying the Moon for 15 years, captured several images of Korea Aerospace Research Institute's Danuri lunar orbiter last month," NASA wrote.

"The two spacecraft, traveling in nearly parallel orbits, zipped past each other in opposite directions between March 5 and 6, 2024."

"LRO's narrow angle camera (one in a suite of cameras known as "LROC") captured the images featured here during three orbits that happened to be close enough to Danuri's to grab snapshots."

Source: IFL Science | Comments (0)

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