This iconic vehicle may now be the target of a search for NASA scientists and the first colonizers. One of the astronomers decided to check where the Eagle lander really is. Calculations show that it did not crash to the surface.
We remind you that the Apollo 11 crew landed in it on the surface of the moon, and later picked it up from the surface and went into orbit, from where they flew to Earth on the capsule. Meanwhile, the Eagle moved away blue. Until now, scientists believed that some time later it began to lower its orbit and eventually crashed to the surface.
James Meador of the California Institute of Technology believes this has not happened, and has some evidence of it. For one thing, there are no indications that it was crawling to the surface because NASA had insufficient data on its later position to be sure of it.
Second, NASA does not have any surface photos where we can see the damaged Eagle. Meador calculated that an Eagle in orbit, 125 kilometers high from the surface of the Moon, with such a mass and speed of flight, could easily remain on it. It is a surprisingly stable orbit.
Perhaps NASA scientists knew this, but wanted to leave this surprise on hold until humans return to the moon. By the way, this lunar Titanic, which has been orbiting for over half a century, would be a sensational tourist attraction and destination for space travelers who will fly into space aboard SpaceX’s Starship.
Source: GeekWeek.pl/Smithsonian Magazine / Fot. NASA
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