(UPI) – Astronomers say a rocket likely hit the moon on Friday, based on the law of gravity, but experts told UPI on Friday there are currently no plans to go verify the crash or look for a crater.
Since the impact posed no threat to the moon or Earth-based space missions, there are no plans to confirm the strike until NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter moves over the region – where a crater may be visible – independent astronomer Bill Gray told UPI in an email.
“Somebody has to go through the images and find a fresh, new crater. I don’t think that last bit will take all that long though,” said Gray, who develops software to track manufactured space objects. “I am quite confident that it hit at the specified time and location, though. We had lots of tracking data for the object.”