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NASA probe takes the last resting place for the Israeli spacecraft Boing Boing



Last month, an Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL Beresheet probe made it to the moon surface, but unfortunately it was not a soft landing. Beresheet was the first private attempt to board the moon and they were pretty cursed. A few weeks after the NASA accident, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is an orbital orbital orbit, and NASA has released images showing the location of the impact. From NASA:

LROC took this picture from 56 miles (90 kilometers) above the surface. The cameras captured a dark, about 10 meter wide spot pointing the point of impact. A dark tone indicates that the surface is hardened by a hard landing that is less reflective than a clean, smooth surface.

Since then, LROC has been unable to determine whether Beresheet collided with a surface crater. The possible crater is too small to appear in the photos. Another possibility is that instead of the crater Beresheet made a small indent, considering its small angle (about 8.4 degree surface), the light mass (compared to the same size dense meteoroid) and low speed (again compared to the same size) meteoroid, Beresheet speed was still faster than most speeding.

The light ring around the dirt could have formed from a gas shock or fine soil particles inflated during the descent of Beresheet, which leveled the soil around the landing site, so it was highly reflective …

Most Importantly we knew the coordinates of the landing place in a few miles thanks to Beresheet radio tracking, and we have 11 "anti-image" images of a decade and three "post" images. In all of these images, including one taken 16 days before landing, we saw only one new Beresheet size feature.

From NASA / GSFC / Arizona State University:

Left: impact table. Right: Image processed to emphasize that photos taken before and after unloading are directed to a landing site that reveals a white effect. Other craters are visible in the right view, as the lighting conditions change slightly before. The scale bar is 100 meters away. The North is up. Both panels are 490 meters wide

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David Pescovitz

David Pescovitz is a Boing Boing editor. Instagram, he is @pesco.

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