The depository of a rocket body that crashed into the moon more than three months ago has been spotted.

Previously this year, astronomers inferred that a mysterious rocket body was on its way to slam into the lunar surface on March 4th. Their calculations implied that the impact would occur inside Hertzsprung Crater, a 354-mile-wide characteristic on the moon’s far side.

It turns out that the math was on point. Researchers with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission declared last night (June 23) that the spacecraft had detected a new crater in Hertzsprung, which is almost the resting place of the rogue rocket.

“The double crater was unexpected and may indicate that the rocket body had large masses at each end,” Mark Robinson of Arizona State University, the principal investigator of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), jotted down in an update last night.
“Typically a spent rocket has mass concentrated at the motor end; the rest of the rocket stage mainly consists of an empty fuel tank,” he added. “Since the origin of the rocket body remains uncertain, the double nature of the crater may help to indicate its identity.”

As Robinson reported, the moon-crashing rocket continues to stay mysterious. Prior speculation held that it was probably the upper stage of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that initiated the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) mission for NASA and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in February 2015.

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