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NASA spots Israeli spacecraft's crash site on Moon

IANS  |  Washington 

NASA's orbiting has spotted the of the Israeli on a region of the called "Sea of Serenity" where it crash landed on April 11.

SpaceIL, a non-profit organization, attempted to land its on top of a Falcon 9 rocket in the ancient volcanic field on the nearside of the on April 11.

After a smooth initial descent, made a hard landing on the surface.

As soon as its orbit placed NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) over the landing site on April 22, LRO imaged Beresheet's impact site, said in a statement on late Wednesday.

LRO took the image from 90 km above the surface.

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

LRO could not detect whether formed a surface crater upon impact.

Another possibility is that Beresheet formed a small indent instead of a crater, given its low angle of approach, light mass and low velocity.

"There are many clues that we're actually looking at a man-made crater instead of a meteoroid-caused one. This is an important consideration, since the Moon, having no atmosphere, is constantly bombarded by space rocks that leave craters," said



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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 10:52 IST