Incredibly Tough NASA Sensor May Have Survived Moon Lander Crash

Silver Lining

When Beresheet, the lunar lander built by the Israel-based company SpaceIL, crashed into the Moon, it was carrying more than the hopes and dreams of the first private company to reach the Moon.

It also happened to be shuttling a small piece of NASA equipment. But the device may have survived the crash, according to — a remarkable testament to the hardiness of the space agency’s equipment.

Search and Rescue

In a serendipitous twist, the device — called a Lunar Retroreflector Array (LRA) — happens to function as a sort of beacon. The spherical gadget, full of cubic quartz Lees verder

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