A NASA moon mission got smacked by a piece of space debris and lived to tell the tale


Way back in October 2014, one of NASA’s spacecraft had a very bad day. 

The space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) — which launched on its mission to study the moon in 2009 — was actually smacked in the camera by a tiny piece of fast-moving space debris on Oct. 13, 2014. 

But amazingly, it lived to tell the tale. 

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A photo taken that day by the LRO’s camera in question shows a kind of incredible looking zigzag pattern distorting a black and white image of the moon. 

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