New LRO pictures showing Beresheet impact site


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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) science team yesterday released an image showing the impact site where the privately-built Israeli lunar lander Beresheet crashed onto the surface of the Moon on April 11, 2019.

“The cameras captured a dark smudge, about 10 meters wide, that indicates the point of impact,” said NASA. “The dark tone suggests a surface roughened by the hard landing, which is less reflective than a clean, smooth surface.”

The image released does not see the spacecraft but the surface evidence that an impact took place. Higher resolution images will be required to spot any surface wreckage.

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  • Edward

    Robert wrote: “The image released does not see the spacecraft but the surface evidence that an impact took place.

    I’m not surprised that the spacecraft is not visible at the impact point. The horizontal velocity on the display was still over 900 meters per second at the time that the engine cut off. My expectation is that parts and pieces are scattered over a large distance.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lz8A1l_LuM (3 minutes)

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