NASA & # 39; s orbiting orbiting orbiting spacecraft has seen the impact of the Israeli Beresheet spacecraft on an area of the moon called "Sea of Serenity" where it crashed on April 11.
SpaceIL, a non-profit organization, attempted to land its spacecraft on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in the ancient volcanic field at the edge of the moon on April 11.
After a smooth first descent, Beresheet made a hard landing on the surface.
As soon as NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) runway landed on April 22, LRO pictured the Beresheet impact site, NASA said in a statement on Wednesday.
LRO took the image of the impact site 90 km above the surface.
"The cameras created a dark spot about 10 meters wide, indicating the point of impact. The dark tone suggests a surface roughened by the hard landing, which is less reflective than a clean, smooth surface", according to the American space agency.
LRO could not determine whether Beresheet formed a surface crater when it hit.
Another possibility is that Beresheet formed a small line instead of a crater, given the low angle of incidence, the light mass and the low speed.
"There are many indications that we are actually looking at a man-made crater rather than a meteoroid-induced crater. This is an important consideration because the moon, without atmosphere, is constantly being bombarded by space rocks that leave craters," NASA said.
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