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Two space probes crash, on purpose, on dark side of moon

December 29, 2012 1 comment

indianexpress.com

Why would NASA really crash the probes on the Dark Side of the Moon of all places…

ebb-and-flowNASA’s latest moon mission ended last Monday—not with a whimper, but a splat.

Two splats, actually.

Ebb and Flow, two space probes the size of washing machines that have been orbiting the moon and measuring its gravity field, performed an orchestrated death plunge, crashing into the body’s dark side.

The exercise was not for the advance of science, but rather something of a garbage-disposal operation, to make sure that the probes—which are running out of fuel—do not come to rest in a historically significant place, like on Neil Armstrong’s footprints.

The moon has been affronted this way many times, especially during the space race of the 1960s, but Read more…

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