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Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:35 PM

A "mystery rocket" crashed into the moon and NASA is baffled as to origin


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A “mystery rocket” crashed into the Moon earlier this year and NASA says none of Earth’s space-faring nations have claimed it as theirs:

NASA has discovered the crash site of a "mystery rocket body" that collided with the Moon's surface earlier this year. The impact left behind a widespread "double crater," meaning it wasn't the average rocket.

However, since its crash landing, none of Earth's space-exploring nations have claimed responsibility for the mysterious projectile, leaving NASA scientists baffled as to who was behind its launch. New images shared on June 24 by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show the unusual impact site.

"Surprisingly the crater is actually two craters, an eastern crater (18-meter diameter, about 19.5 yards) superimposed on a western crater (16-meter diameter, about 17.5 yards," NASA reported. "The double crater was unexpected...No other rocket body impacts on the Moon created double craters."

Astronomers anticipated the crash after spotting the unidentified rocket on a collision course with the Moon late last year. It finally hit on March 4 near the Hertzsprung crater, a "complex" impact crater on the far side of the Moon. NASA stated that the two large masses on each end of the rocket may have caused the craters, but noted that the impact marks are highly unusual. Spent rockets, according to NASA, tend to have a heavy motor at one end and a lighter empty fuel tank on the other, scientists say. The space agency did not offer any guesses on what the additional mass was.

https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/mystery-rocket-NASA-moon-crash-country-origin-17273903.php



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Reply A "mystery rocket" crashed into the moon and NASA is baffled as to origin (Original post)
JoanofArgh Jun 2022 OP
BlueJac Jun 2022 #1
grumpyduck Jun 2022 #2
essaynnc Jun 2022 #3
Takket Jun 2022 #4
muriel_volestrangler Jun 2022 #20
Victor_c3 Jun 2022 #35
Sneederbunk Jun 2022 #5
Tommy Carcetti Jun 2022 #6
dweller Jun 2022 #10
ret5hd Jun 2022 #18
Towlie Jun 2022 #7
FreepFryer Jun 2022 #8
myohmy2 Jun 2022 #22
captain queeg Jun 2022 #9
Firestorm49 Jun 2022 #17
captain queeg Jun 2022 #21
gratuitous Jun 2022 #11
irisblue Jun 2022 #12
LonePirate Jun 2022 #13
Baitball Blogger Jun 2022 #14
madinmaryland Jun 2022 #15
dweller Jun 2022 #16
ThoughtCriminal Jun 2022 #19
Beastly Boy Jun 2022 #23
48656c6c6f20 Jun 2022 #24
bluecollar2 Jun 2022 #25
Stinky The Clown Jun 2022 #26
TomSlick Jun 2022 #27
AntiFascist Jun 2022 #28
Paha Sapa Jun 2022 #29
beaglelover Jun 2022 #31
beaglelover Jun 2022 #30
MineralMan Jun 2022 #36
Polybius Jun 2022 #32
MineralMan Jun 2022 #37
area51 Jun 2022 #33
Emile Jun 2022 #34

Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:39 PM

1. K&R

Very interesting.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:40 PM

2. How do they know it was a rocket?

The piece didn't say, only that they were tracking its movement.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:42 PM

3. little green men.....????

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:44 PM

4. was it an active rocket?

i'm wondering when it was "found" late last year, was it still burning fuel on a collision course, or was it something that was adrift in orbit for some amount of time and just now crashed into the moon? if it was still "burning" then it couldn't have been launched that long before it was discovered. Doesn't NASA monitor pretty much everything launched into orbit?

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Response to Takket (Reply #4)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 06:15 PM

20. No, it wasn't 'burning' - none of them can do that for long - just minutes

(apart from the few ion-drive-engined craft NASA has launched, and they're well tracked). It's something launched years ago. In January, they thought it was a SpaceX stage launched in 2015; by February, a Chinese stage launched in 2014. But they just don't seem able to tell, and it looks like none of them want to admit having no idea where their junk has ended up.

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Response to Takket (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 30, 2022, 08:28 AM

35. I would expect that NORAD would be aware of any rocket launches

They observe such things as part of our nuclear weapon defense.

Definitely interesting.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:44 PM

5. Obviously came in from the lost planet Oron.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:45 PM

6. OH MY GOD, THEY BOMBED THE MOON.

THEY SAID THEY WOULD DO IT, AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THEY DID.

(Old DU callback.)

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Response to Tommy Carcetti (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:47 PM

10. Gomer gohmert

trying to adjust the tides …





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Response to dweller (Reply #10)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 06:06 PM

18. Menstrual cycles...trying to get all women...

pregnant at the same time…now that RvW is gone.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:45 PM

7. NASA sent it. It's a scam to get them funding to send another astronaut to the Moon.

 

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:46 PM

8. NASA smelt it, I bet they dealt it (Nt)

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Response to FreepFryer (Reply #8)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 06:23 PM

22. nah...

...I'd bet if you could smell it would have a musky odor...

...

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:46 PM

9. Very interesting. An old rocket from the USSR?

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Response to captain queeg (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:58 PM

17. I thought that I read that China was sending a vehicle

to the dark side.

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Response to Firestorm49 (Reply #17)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 06:18 PM

21. Yeah. I think they already did. Can't remember if it had a lander.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:48 PM

11. Damn, so that's where it landed

My bad, everybody.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:48 PM

12. 1996 movie, Independence Day. We are looking at them, they are looking at us.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:48 PM

13. I'm guessing it is from one of 5 nations.

China
India
Russia

Or long shots:
Iran
North Korea

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:50 PM

14. Does the rocket look like a coffin and does it say Hargreeves anywhere on

the exterior?

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:50 PM

15. It must have something to do with Jewish space lasers.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 05:54 PM

16. That moon is our's !

We are under attack !?!



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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 06:14 PM

19. 29 meters - those are big holes

"No other rocket body impacts on the Moon created double craters. The four Apollo SIV-B craters were somewhat irregular in outline (Apollos 13, 14, 15, 17) and were substantially larger (greater than 35 meters, about 38 yards) than each of the double craters. The maximum width (29 meters, about 31.7 yards) of the double crater of the mystery rocket body was near that of the S-IVBs."

The SIV-B was a pretty big rocket stage.


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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 06:25 PM

23. Only one interstellar object could leave a double crater.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 06:26 PM

24. It was Danny

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 06:30 PM

25. The Borg sent Voyager back...they're not interested...n/t

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 07:02 PM

26. Ordered and executed by North Korea's Midget King

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 07:04 PM

27. Wouldn't US satellites have noticed if a rocket had been launched from earth?

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 07:41 PM

28. Le Voyage dans le Lune...maybe it was French?

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 08:17 PM

29. I think it was that Tesla car Musk shot into space...

and it was using the auto drive feature (heh, heh).

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Response to Paha Sapa (Reply #29)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 09:12 PM

31. As a Tesla driver I LOL'd!

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Wed Jun 29, 2022, 09:11 PM

30. Why do they assume it came from Earth??

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Response to beaglelover (Reply #30)

Thu Jun 30, 2022, 09:09 AM

36. They were tracking it before it hit the Moon.

So, they probably have a good idea of its overall trajectory.

Still, they don't know where it came from. Odd. Maybe North Korea? Who knows?

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Thu Jun 30, 2022, 03:05 AM

32. Maybe a private person built it

I mean, why not? It's possible.

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Response to Polybius (Reply #32)

Thu Jun 30, 2022, 09:11 AM

37. Seems unlikely to me. It's hard enough to put something in

Earth orbit. Hitting the moon is more complicated and requires a higher speed to get there. Clearly, this was a rather large object, if it made those two craters. It's an interesting mystery. China could have done it, of course. Maybe even North Korea.

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Response to JoanofArgh (Original post)

Thu Jun 30, 2022, 08:10 AM

33. It could be this guy.


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