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How NASA’s Lunar Orbiter was Struck by a Meteoroid and Survived to Tell the Tale

26 May 2017, 20:17 UTC
How NASA’s Lunar Orbiter was Struck by a Meteoroid and Survived to Tell the Tale NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University
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On October 13, 2014, something rather…striking…happened to one of the cameras aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which has been imaging the Moon from lunar orbit since 2008. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), which normally produces beautifully clear images of the lunar surface, produced an image that was wild and jittery. From the sudden and jagged pattern apparent in the image, the LROC team determined that the camera must have been hit by a tiny meteoroid, a piece of space debris no larger than the head of a pin but traveling much faster than a bullet.

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