After a spacecraft had sent unusual images, scientists from NASA have determined that the spacecraft was hit by a meteoroid in an unlikely event.
The orbiter called LRO, takes pictures of moon during its orbit and then send it back to earth after compiling a giant image. However, scientists received an unusual distorted image and began to wonder what went wrong. Later they concluded that something directly hit the camera that was being used to take these pictures.
The hit didn’t do any large scale damage for the spacecraft and it’s still orbiting and collecting information. NASA’s project scientist John Keller said, “Since the impact presented no technical problems for the health and safety of the instrument, the team is only now announcing this event as a fascinating example of how engineering data can be used, in ways not previously anticipated.”
This event is one of the most unlikely event as International Space Station can navigate out of the way of large object. However, chances are the object was pretty small and scientists couldn’t prepare for the event.