A team of British astronomers believe they might have located the lunar module of NASA's Apollo 10 mission – fifty years after the team released the investigation into an eternal orbit around the moon.
The lunar module is one of the largest surviving moons on the moon landing, and scientists want to find a way to get it as it orbits about 50,000 feet above the surface of the moon.
During the mission in 1969, Tom Stafford, a member of the Apollo 10 crew, returned to Houston from its orbit around the moon that the crew had completely lost sight of the investigation after it had dropped him from the command module.
In 1969, the crew of Apollo 10 fired the Snoopy Lunar Module from the Apollo command module into an orbit that could never be seen – or so they thought. The command module is shown here on the far side of the moon
The US astronauts and crew of the Apollo 10 mission from Lunar Module Eugene Cheran's Lunar Module (1934-2017), pilot of the command module John Yang and commander Thomas P. Stafford, together with the command module,
The view of the earth taken from the Apollo 10 space ship that portrays Baia, California, watched by clouds
Astonomer Nick Haus, along with flight controllers, space dynamics experts and astronauts from the Apollo program, spent years searching for the lunar module and believe they can find it
"We have no idea where he went. He just went boom and disappeared right away in the sun," Stafford said.
The lunar module, called Snoopy, was regarded as lost forever, although the search intrigued much back on Earth, who thought that one day they might find this little needle in the cosmic hay.
At only four feet wide, it will always be a long shot, but Nick Haus, a member of the Royal Astronomical Society, along with legendary flight controllers, space dynamics experts and astronauts from the Apollo program, spent many years in the calculated hunting for the investigation.
The team now believes that they can find it and according to The Times, all they need is someone with the expertise to go and get it.
The mission of Apollo 10 was launched in May 1969 as a test flight to Apollo 11 landing. Apparent Stafford and Kernan drove into the lunar module (pictured) up to 9 miles from the Moon's surface
From left to right; Eugene Cheran, John Young, and Thomas Stafford, standing in their costumes before the Saturn V missile, carried the Apollo 10 spacecraft. The Apollo 10 Lunar Module was codenamed Snoopy and Module Command, Charlie Brown
Space expert Ed Bakbie, left, and Apollo 10 astronauts, Tom Stafford and Euen Chernan, are presented in 2010. The crew lost sight of the lunar module after taking it into space
As one man with "expertise" like Elon Musk believes in the picture, the founder of SpaceX may somehow be able to restore the lunar module back to Earth
All other crafts that were used during Apollo missions were either laid off in the moon for experiments on seismology or were rejected to burn in the Earth's atmosphere.
However, Snoopy was used as a landing apps on the moon Apollo 11, which will be held two months after Apollo 10 in July 1969.
Two of the three astronauts switched to it as they were flying nine miles above the surface of the moon. The couple then returned to the command module. The mission was successful.
Snoopy was fired and left for the orbit for no apparent reason to follow him.
Then, eight years ago, House started a project to try to locate the last surviving module and managed to attract astronomers from around the world to focus their telescopes on regions of the moon, where he calculated he could pass.
The interior of Apollo 10. The craft, which had a call sign Charlie Brown, traveled about 500,000 miles during the eight-day mission and exceeded 24,790 km / h after returning to Earth
Both astronauts are represented in their command module as part of their mission
He even persuaded schools to get up and help with data analysis.
"The approximate distance traveled in its orbit is 940 million kilometers. When looking for something four feet wide and the most reliable data available to you 50 years ago, it's a little inconvenient," he told The Times.
But against the odds, it seems that astronomers have found this unique part of the universe, after noticing an object that looked "strange".
"It was a strange anomalous object on the right-hand orbit and it was the right size." Radar's data was quite striking, as one astronomer said, "It was like nothing we ever saw." We are 99 percent convinced that we have it, "says House .
Apollo 10, with astronauts Thomas Stafford, Eugene Cheran and John Young was released on May 18, 1969 on a lunar orbit mission, a test for the Apollo 11 Month mission, which was held two months later
Astronomers Apollo 10 in space before closing the aperture in May 1969. Now the team in 2019 believes they can find a four-meter lunar module
Apollo 10 astronauts (from left to right): Eugene Cheran, Thomas Stafford and John Young are smiling at the helicopter's door, which landed at the U.S. Princeton after their successful spraying on May 26, 1969
But even the strongest telescope is not able to see an object so small in that range. The only real way to confirm that the subject is really a lunar module is to go back there and look.
How he believes there is a strong argument about this.
"To recover a lunar module that is intact, I will feel quite distinct. The quality of engineering that entered the Apollo program would probably mean that if power is restored, you may be able to start some of the systems.
"What I hope is that someone like Elon Mash can develop something and capture it and bring it back."
Nick House appears in a friend, Where is my spaceship? in Cheltenham Science Festival on June 8th.