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How a rocket crash on the moon will help impact physics

How a rocket crash on the moon will help impact physics

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On March 4, a lonely, spent rocket booster smacked into the surface of the moon at nearly 6,000 mph

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Once the dust has settled, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will move into position to get an up-close view of the smoldering crater

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and hopefully shed some light on the mysterious physics of planetary impacts.

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The rocket impact will provide a fortuitous experiment that could reveal a lot about how natural collisions pummel and scour planetary surfaces.

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A deeper understanding of impact physics will go a long way in helping researchers interpret the barren landscape of the moon

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Regardless of this wayward rocket’s identity, this rare impact event will provide new insights that may prove critical to the success of future missions to the Moon and beyond.

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