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Crater Impact Characteristics
The upper stage of the launch vehicle (about the weight
of a large SUV) impacted into the South Pole of the Moon
at over 9,000 km/h (5,600 mph).
The impact excavated a crater about 1/3 of a football field wide
and about the depth of the deep end of a swimming pool.
The amount of material (dust and probably ice) ejected could fill
ten school buses, or ten Space Shuttle cargo bays. The plume was expected
to reach nearly 50 km high (over 30 miles)!
an animation of a meteoroid hitting the Moon’s surface.
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