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New Double Crater seen on the Moon after Mystery Rocket Impact

After a Rocket body struck the moon’s surface on March 4, a fresh double crater was created. The odd crater’s position has been identified in new photographs released by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which has been orbiting the moon since 2009. Two overlapping craters were made by the impact; the eastern crater is 59 feet (18 metres) broad and the western crater is 52.5 feet across (16 meters). They combine to form a depression with the longest size of around 91.8 feet (28 metres).

The twin crater it produced was unexpected, even though scientists anticipated the impact after learning that the Rocket component was headed for a collision with the moon. Since the rest of the Rocket is primarily made up of an empty fuel tank, expended Rocket typically have the largest mass at the motor end. But the presence of two craters on the moon shows that this object struck the moon with substantial mass at both ends.The twin crater may be able to provide light on the Rocket body’s origin, which has been careening through space for years with no obvious purpose. Since the moon doesn’t have a protective atmosphere, asteroids and other large objects frequently collide with its surface, leaving behind craters.

According to specialists, this was the first instance in which space debris accidentally struck the lunar surface. However, purposeful moon-impacts by spacecraft have left behind craters. For instance, each of the overlapping craters produced by the March 4 impact is substantially larger than the four sizable lunar craters ascribed to the Apollo 13, 14, 15, and 17 missions. The new twin crater’s greatest breadth, nevertheless, is comparable to that of the Apollo craters.

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