Moon, Beresheet, NASA
Image Source: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

The Israeli spacecraft which did not make it to expectations may have a lot to help scientists with. Beresheet aircraft by SpaceIL crash-landed on the moon and was found by NASA’s LRO which stands for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The images were captured by LRO and were recognized by NASA. The images were captured by the infrared camera which was installed on LRO and it was meant to capture the black and white pictures as it took which revealed a lot and now the information gathered with the help of LRO is being used to know more about the lunar soil.

Moon, Beresheet, NASA
Image Source: SpaceIL/Beresheet Spacecraft

LRO is a NASA’s spacecraft which orbits the moon within 50 and 200 km of altitude and this science-friendly spacecraft is still unnamed. The main motive to send this aircraft to orbit the moon was to allow NASA with the information of different things such as the best landing site for another spacecraft which will be sent on the moon for the later moon missions and to know study more about the temperature and understand the maps through high-resolution images.

The images which captured by LRO are not giving any clarity to understand whether there is any impact created on the surface or not as Dr. Mark Robinson from Arizona State University explained, “At the scale of the NAC image we cannot detect a crater; perhaps there is one but it is simply too small to be seen.” He also stated that it was a big possibility that the craft would have crashed the surface at a very low angle which instead of a crater may have created a gouge or it may not have created a crater at all because of the fragility of the craft or it must not be at a very high speed, so, it would have disintegrated on impact.

Barbara Walters
Chief Editor with relevant experience of three years, Barbara has founded The News Recorder. She has a keen interest in the field of science and space. She has written several papers and high-level documentation.