Apollo 16 Crash Site Found On The Moon

Posted: Dec 2 2015, 4:30am CST | by , in News | Latest Science News


Apollo 16 Crash Site Found on the Moon
LROC system on the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captures crash spot of Apollo 16’s SIVB rocket stage – dead center in image. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
  • Accident Location of Apollo 16’s Rocket Booster found on the Lunar Surface

The accident location of Apollo 16’s rocket booster has been found on the lunar surface.

For those wacky conspiracy theorists that contend that the moon landing was nothing but a hoax, this evidence might give them some pause for thought. A scientist has found the crater where the Apollo 16 rocket booster made a crash landing on the moon.

We are talking of a time period some 44 years in the past. A lot has happened since then. The Apollo 16 mission was the fifth such NASA mission that landed men on the moon. And they came back to earth safe and sound. As a part of the experiments that occurred on the moon, a rocket booster was crashed on a particular spot on the lunar landscape.   

The purpose of this planned accident of sorts was to allow the astronauts to measure the seismic reactions of the moon to objects thrown at it from a distance. The goal was the investigation of the inside of the moon.

A dysfunction took place somewhere and so the data for the rocket got misplaced. There had been a lot of mystery surrounding where the booster had landed in the first place.

However, now, a physicist from John Hopkins University employed high resolution pics to pick out the missing rocket booster crash site. He employed the LROC system for his purposes of revealing the impact crater, the location of which had been sought for so long. 

According to Jeff Plescia, the Apollo 16 SIVB crater was finally spotted and so he took a sigh of relief. He had been vindicated. He said that it appeared like any other crater but upon closer examination, it was revealed to be the site of the crash.

“I did finally find the Apollo 16 SIVB crater,” Plescia told Leonard David from Inside Outer Space. “It looks like the others, but its position was much more poorly defined since the tracking was lost prior to impact."

The Apollo 16 mission had three astronauts on board. One of them even left a group photograph of his family on the lunar surface. It got launched from Florida in 1972. The goal was the Descartes Highlands on the moon. 

The astronauts back then faced quite a task in knowing more about what went on beneath the surface of the moon. But today we know a whole lot more than they did back then thanks to the Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter.

Now the experts know that the earth’s gravitational pull is causing cracks to appear in the moonscape. Even moonquakes could take place thanks to the earth’s gravitational effect on its satellite. Yet it is a wonder to gaze back in time and see what took place so many years ago.    

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