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Nasa Space Probes Crash Into Surface Of Moon
Two Nasa space probes have crashed into the surface of the Moon after their planned mission came to an end.
The two spacecraft, Ebb and Flow, have been orbiting the Moon since their launch in September 2011 to create a gravity field map of its surface.
But, with not enough fuel to carry out further experiments, the American space agency opted for a "controlled descent" to avoid the risk of obliterating astronaut Neil Armstrong's footsteps on the Moon.
Ebb plunged first, slamming into a mountain near the Moon's north pole. Its twin, Flow, followed about 30 seconds later and aimed for the same target.
After the double impacts, mission chief scientist Maria Zuber of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said the spot had been named after team member Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, who died earlier this year.
"It's really cool to know that when you look up now at the Moon there's this little corner of the Moon that's named after Sally," said Ms Ride's sister.
Since the crash site was in darkness, the final act was not visible from Earth.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is circling the Moon, will pass over the mountain and attempt to photograph the skid marks left by the washing machine sized-spacecraft as they hit the surface at 3,800mph.
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The crashed probe left skidmarks on the moon? Not as big skidmarks as the Clangers left when they saw it coming
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My thoughts are, no human has ever been into space. There is no air in space and human technology is not capable of building anything to enable anyone to survive in that environment. Lots of people have died in the oceans on Earth, deep sea diving and yet nobody has ever died in space excluding reentering the atmosphere. Nobody would allow anyone to wear a space suit and be connected to the end of a robotic arm dangling over Earth from the end of a space shuttle. I do not believe any human space vehicle can get anywhere near the Moon without it being destroyed. The Moon is brown. All the images in this NASA video are grey and green. If the satellites impacted the Moon's surface in total darkness, they could not possibly have measured the altitude of those with enough accuracy to know where they went. How can they have not had enough fuel to carry out further experiments if they both had solar panels for only one year? My calculator has been functioning since 1982 with two disk batteries.
If I remember correctly there was a film about a group of astronauts who were supposedly sent into space but in reality were kept in a locked room. To stop them talking they were hunted down and killed. I think one got away. Anyone remember what it was called?
1. It is not possible to accurately calculate the "tumbling" decaying orbit of one satellite travelling at 4,000 mph precisely enough to "skid" along a mountain, let alone two satellites, certainly not in total darkness. 2. I've seen some items online and on TV about lots of people signing official secret acts in various countries and disappearing off the side of roads. Presumably, that is also what they agree to when they sign it. 3. I do not know of the existence of such a film. Someone who watches films might.