Apollo’s lunar module named Snoopy might have been found

The lunar module from the Apollo 10 mission might have been found. Astronomers assume they detected the renown module, fifty years after it was launched into space by the staff.

The lunar module, sizing four meters wide, was dubbed Snoopy and was thought to have been lost in 900 million kilometers of space after it was discarded.

Snoopy, named after the famous cartoon dog, was utilized as a practice trial for the Apollo 11 lunar landing, which took place two months after Apollo 10 in July, the year 1969. Two of the three astronauts traveled with it to attain an altitude of 50,000 feet above the Moon’s surface. The astronauts then returned to the control module. After proving the docking scheme, the expedition was over, and Snoopy was send off into space.

A fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Nick Howes, stated that he is confident the module has been found, and all they need is someone to go and get it. Howes said he began the search for the lunar module back in 2011 and computed the chances of discovering it were 235 million to one. He and a team of scientists examined terabytes of radar data and in 2018 detected what they think is Snoopy.

Howes stated that he is 98 percent sure they have found it. However, until someone will get close to it and captures an exhaustive radar profile, they cannot be one hundred percent sure. If the object found proves to be Snoopy, Howes notes that this would be an incredible achievement for science, even though people might wonder what is the point of it now. From a space archaeology standpoint, it’s interesting, as it would be the last piece of the Apollo program that’s left. As we all know, Apollo was the most significant technical accomplishment in human history, and the lunar module represents a piece of history and a unique artifact.

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