Just look at the amount of trash on the moon! This is the result of the flight of a rocket that was launched into space from Earth about 44 years ago and which carried on board the same famous cosmonaut Apollo 16 to the lunar surface.
The image that you can observe now is made by a lunar orbital probe (LOZ). Thanks to the picture, scientists can see all the remnants of the Saturn-5 launch vehicle. Its parts were dropped by John Young, Charlie Duke and Ken Mattingly to the moon in 1972 (this is the third stage). His role was to transfer astronauts from the Earth’s orbit to its satellite.
The first Apollo 13 mission in 1970 failed, so NASA had to send Saturn IVBs in order to influence the Moon in any way. The impact energy was measured by seismometers, which the astronauts left on the moon in order to learn more about its internal structure. "In the early missions of the Loh, namely Apollo 13, 14, 15 and 17, the impact was successfully identified, but Apollo 16th was unable to influence in any way. In his case, the radio link with the approach of the spacecraft to the object disappeared," - wrote NASA in his statement.
"Attempting to identify data with S-IVB took longer than others, because the place has moved 30 km since the previous missions (for comparison, before other devices were within 7 km or 4 miles from the required place on the Moon) ".
LOZ, which was last orbiting the moon in 2009, changed its position. Now it can be viewed on the Apollo website.