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(Ars Technica)   Falcon 9 upper stage to impact on the dark side of the moon in a little over a month, look for dormant Transformers   (arstechnica.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Moon, rocket's second stage, transfer orbit, Sun-Earth LaGrange point, Spacecraft propulsion, Bill Gray, Earth, Solar System  
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2022-01-24 1:38:46 PM  
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But that's where the Moon Nazi's are!

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2022-01-24 12:40:22 PM  
3 votes:
The far side will pretty much be in full sun that day (4% waxing on our side), if the Chinese rover can get to high enough ground, it might be able to see it coming in, although Yutu-2's too far south to see it actually hit near the equator. It might get some of the dust kicked up tho, 4 metric tons at 2.6km/s should kick up a little dust.
 
2022-01-24 7:21:24 PM  
1 vote:
I impacted on the dark side of the moon once, broke the record right in half!
 
2022-01-24 11:11:13 PM  
1 vote:
Oh, Subby -

It's Lunar FARside, not 'Darkside'.

Full Moon / New Moon kinda shows that all sides of the moon alternate light and dark on a two week cycle.
 
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