The US space agency will announce an “exciting new discovery” about the moon at 4pm today, made by the Stratospheric Infrared Astronomy Observatory (SOFIA). The modified Boeing 747SP features a 2.7-meter reflector telescope at altitudes between 38,000 and 45,000 feet that allows astronomers to study the solar system and beyond in ways that ground-based telescopes cannot. In a statement, the space agency said, “This new discovery adds to NASA’s efforts to learn about the moon in support of space exploration.
Prior to the announcement, footage of a bizarre discovery made in a crater on the lunar surface was discovered during NASA’s Unexplained Files on the Science Channel.
Narrator Erik Dellums stated, “NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter creates an image that can shed new light on the secrets of the moon.
“As the ship scans an old volcanic plane known as the Sea of Islands, it discovers an unusual crater 30 meters wide below.”
He said, “I’ve studied a lot of craters on the moon, it’s different.
“It’s not like you [crater]. It looks like there’s an object in there. ”
And planetary scientist Matt Genge added, “It looks like something struck the moon. It is really weird. ”
Meteorologist Julia Ann Cartwright said the possibility that it was caused by a space rock could be ruled out because it “lacks the typical rounded shape of the rim that we normally find when trying to investigate impact craters on the moon” .
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Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden revealed why NASA wanted to conduct such an experiment.
He said, “We had seismographs on the surface of the moon that would have recorded the effects of the S-IVB.
“It was very valuable for those who tried to develop a picture of the inner mass of the moon from the seismograph and how it was.”
Mr Dellums explained how the space agency concluded that the object was most likely from that mission, but continued to examine high-resolution images to confirm their suspicions.
“But shortly before the impact, NASA lost contact.
“The length of the object in the picture is the same as the Apollo booster, and scientists believe the giant cylinder is one of the few objects strong enough to withstand such a violent impact.
“It seems that after half a century of searching, the mystery of the missing Apollo booster could finally be solved.”
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