A team of scientists believe they have beaten 235-million-one odds of finding the lost 'Snoopy' spacecraft from the Apollo mission, and have (jokingly) pitched the idea that Elon Musk should bring Snoopy home. '
Two months before Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, the Apollo 10 mission, comprising a command module "Charlie Brown" and lunar module "Snoopy," performed a dry run of all operations apart from the actual lunar landing.
Charlie made it home but Snoopy was lost to the void of space orbiting the sun somewhere, or so we thought. Fifty years later, a team of scientists, led by astronomers Nick Howes, think they've beaten the astronomical odds.
Snoopy had been shunted around by the gravitational fields of the Moon, the Sun, and the Earth, meaning astronomers had to sift through terabytes of data gleaned from fixed search area to try and track down Charlie Brown's lost pal.
"Until someone really gets close to it and gets a detailed radar profile, we can't be sure, " Howes the Cheltenham Science Festival, adding that it could catch a detailed glimpse of the craft, " It would be a really fantastic achievement for science. "
Though that opportunity may be Some 18 years away, there was no chance of returning Snoop to Earth. He admitted, though, that the scientific value would be minimal and the cost astronomical.
Anyway ..given the problems our world currently faces .. spend millions to go out and image a lunar module from 1969 may seem very frivolous .. and the scientific value as I said in my talk .. would be minimal
– Nick Howes (@NickAstronomer) June 9, 2019
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