Home > slashdot > Decades-Old Soviet Reflector Spotted On the Moon

Decades-Old Soviet Reflector Spotted On the Moon

April 26th, 2010 04:16 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

cremeglace writes “No one had seen a laser reflector that Soviet scientists had left on the moon almost 40 years ago, despite years of searching. Turns out searchers had been looking kilometers in the wrong direction. On 22 April, a team of physicists finally saw an incredibly faint flash from the reflector, which was ferried across the lunar surface by the Lunokhod 1 rover. The find comes thanks to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which last month imaged a large area where the rover was reported to have been left. Then the researchers, led by Tom Murphy of the University of California, San Diego, could search one football-field-size area at a time until they got a reflection.”

Source: Decades-Old Soviet Reflector Spotted On the Moon

Related Articles:

  1. Found on the Moon: A Soviet Laser Reflector That Was Lost for 40 Years
  2. Moon May Not Be As Dead As We Thought
  3. High Resolution Global Topographic Map of Moon
  4. Crowdsourced Effort May Have Found Soviet Mars Mission’s Remains
  5. The Moon Is Shrinking Like a Wrinkled Apple
blog comments powered by Disqus