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At just four meters wide, it was always going to be a long shot but Nick Howes, a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, along with legendary flight controllers, space dynamics experts and astronauts from the Apollo program, have spent a number of years in a calculated hunt for the probe.
The team now believe that they may have found it and according to The Times all they need is someone with the expertise to go and retrieve it.
Perhaps, if the problem was not known or had something to do with systems. It was a failure to follow the checklist. But the end of the decade was fast approaching.
If it had crashed I doubt Apollo 11 would of landed on the moon 2 months later.
Analysis revealed that the cause of the anomalous motion was human error. Inadvertently, the control mode of the LM abort guidance system was returned to AUTO rather than being left in the ATTITUDE HOLD mode for staging. In AUTO, the abort guidance system drove the LM to acquire the CSM which was not in accordance with the planned attitude timeline. The commander took over manual control to reestablish the proper attitude.
At 102:44:49, during preparations for rendezvous with the CSM, the LM started to wallow off slowly in yaw, and then stopped. At 102:45:12, it started a rapid roll accompanied by small pitch and yaw rates. The ascent stage was then separated from the descent stage at 102:45:16.9 at an altitude of 31.4 n mi and the motion was stopped eight seconds later. A 15.55-second firing of the ascent engine at 102:55:02.13 placed the ascent stage into an orbit of 46.5 by 11.0 n mi. The descent stage went into lunar orbit.
originally posted by: LookingAtMars
I don't believe it can be recovered and brought back to Earth anytime in the near future.
What's brightened up my day is reading the 429 comments about the Daily mail article, 95% of which are written by idiots of the highest order. Conspiracy theorists being just the tip of the Mail readership moronic iceberg
As said... I have no, nor would ever speak to that hate filled toilet roll, the Daily Mail. I gave an interview to the Times, who published an accurate story. The Mail, at 2am, decided to STEAL it from the Times website, and reword it, with their usual utter lack of facts
It was a very strange anomalous object in approximately the right orbit and exactly the right size. The radar data was completely whack, as one astronomer put it. It was like nothing we've ever seen. We're 99 percent convinced we've got it