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Lost now Found-on Moon: Soviet Lunar Rover-from 1970!!!

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posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 07:51 PM
In November 1970, this Soviet rover, named Lunokhod 1, landed on the moon's the surface to take pictures and conduct experiments.

In November 1970, a Soviet probe landed on the surface of the moon and released two ramps. A rover, named Lunokhod 1, descended to the surface to take pictures and conduct experiments. It carried with it a French-made light reflector, which could be used by scientists on Earth to compute distances and better understand lunar geology.

Ten months later, Lunokhod 1 fell silent, its location on the moon unknown. Over the years, scientists occasionally beamed a laser around its last known coordinates, hoping for a return beam from the reflector. They got no response and figured the rover had fallen into a crater or parked itself beneath a cliff, blocking its reflector from Earth.

But their luck changed last weekend when, armed with high-resolution pictures from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scientists zeroed in on the rover. “It turns out that our previous best-guess position was miles off,” says Tom Murphy, with the University of California, San Diego.

An enlarged section of a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image shows the Luna 17 lander. Tracks from the Lunokhod 1 rover can be seen coming off the ramp and circling the lander.

Very interesting story remains. Have fun. I just think them finding it was a amzing--see what you think, after reading the rest.

Great find Russia (and the world-in a way, they did it.)

[edit on 4/28/2010 by anon72]

posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 08:06 PM
Awesome star and flag
, so this leaves hope of seeing other things on the moon as well. It also seems like it is giving the scientists more ideas about what they can do to learn about the moon at least from what I gathered in the last portion of the article.

"Near full moon, the strength of the returning light decreases by a factor of ten,” Murphy said. "We need to understand what is causing this if we are contemplating putting additional scientific equipment on the moon.”

posted on Apr, 28 2010 @ 08:11 PM

Not too long ago thread..

[edit on 28-4-2010 by prionace glauca]


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