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NASA photographs object orbiting the moon: ‘Exquisite timing’

Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it Superman?

NASA photographed a burst of a mysterious, almost bullet-shaped object near the surface of the Moon last month, images released Friday by the space administration show.

The photos, taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), depict a thin horizontal line of an object resembling the set of Marvel character Silver Surfer.

But the curious subject isn’t something from the world of comic books, superhero movies or even a UFO. It belongs to South Korea.

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has captured a mysterious ball-shaped object near the surface of the Moon. NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

LRO captured several images of its Korean counterpart, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute’s Danuri lunar orbiter, as the two passed each other in parallel but in opposite directions between March 5 and 6, NASA said .

The image of Danuri, which has been orbiting the Moon since December 2022, is distorted due to the extremely fast relative speeds between it and the LRO – about 7,200 miles per hour.

The result is a photo that spreads the Korean spacecraft up to 10 times its size in the opposite direction – with the short exposure time of the LRO camera.

The Danuri is the first South Korean spacecraft to go to the Moon, while the LRO has been circling Earth’s natural satellite for 15 years.


The photos show a thin horizontal line of an object resembling the board of Marvel's Silver Surfer character.
The photos show a thin horizontal line of an object resembling the board of Marvel’s Silver Surfer character. NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University

The LRO operations team at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland located its camera at the right time and place to catch a glimpse of Danuri — a feat that required “exquisite timing,” according to the space agency.

Last spring, in a role reversal, Danuri photographed the LRO as it passed about 18 kilometers above the U.S. spacecraft on April 7.

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