Researchers Investigate Crash On Moon
By now, most people are familiar with the craters on the surface of the moon. However, a mysterious crash last year left scientists baffled, as the origin of the two craters could not be determined. Previous reports had suggested the craters were created by two different objects, but conclusive evidence of any space materials on the moon remained elusive.
A new study from the University of Arizona has finally uncovered the truth behind the mysterious crash. According to the research team, the craters were formed by a Chinese rocket booster that was carrying an unknown payload. The team analyzed data from the American space agency, NASA, and their Chinese counterparts before reaching this conclusion.
The American research team believes that the booster broke off from a Chinese rocket launched in 2014 and crashed into the moon, creating one of the craters. However, they also discovered that a second object attached to the booster also landed on the moon’s surface, creating the second crater. The two objects were roughly the same weight, suggesting that the second object was placed intentionally for this purpose.
Chinese officials, on the other hand, deny these claims. They insist that the booster burned up upon re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere. However, the U.S. Space Command refuted these claims, stating that the objects did not burn up but instead landed on the moon’s surface.
While China has not provided an explanation for the second object attached to the booster, the American research team suggests that it may have been a piece of space debris. They posit that the object may have been trapped in Earth’s orbit and then fell out of orbit, causing it to land on the moon’s surface.
The lead author of the study, who has extensive experience in analyzing lunar craters, stated that the impact on the moon’s surface was caused almost directly downwards. He also pointed out that to create two craters of equal size, two masses of roughly equal weight are necessary. Since the rocket body is a big empty shell on one end and a heavy engine on the other, another object of equal weight must have been attached to create the second crater.
The study highlights the dangers of space debris and the need for countries to be mindful of where they send their spacecraft. As space exploration continues to grow, it is crucial to consider the potential impact of space debris on celestial bodies. The research team emphasized that these findings should serve as a reminder to countries to be responsible and considerate in their space exploration efforts.
As the identity of the second object remains unknown, the American research team hopes that China will cooperate in determining its origin. They also urge other countries to exercise caution and responsibility in their space missions to avoid any potential future collisions with debris.