The Russian Lunar rover Lunokhod 2 was recently spotted on the Moon’s surface. As shown in the photo below, the black arrow indicates where the tracks begin, while the white one shows the resting place of the rover. The arrows were placed by Phil Stooke, geography professor at University of Western Ontario.
Richard Garriott, a successful video game developer and one of fewer than 10 private citizens to travel into space is the current owner of Lunokhod 2. He acquired it for over $68,500 when it was listed for sale in 1993 Sotheby’s auction. After seeing those findings, he mentioned plans to go see the rover from lunar orbit, or maybe even the surface of the Moon. If successful, he would be the first civilian space tourist to set foot on the Moon.
Lunokhod 2 was sent to the Moon by the Soviet Union in 1973 using the Luna 21 spacecraft. Contact was lost with the rover in the same year, after about four months of operation.
This is how Lunokhod 2 looks like.
Similarly, the Apollo 11 lander was spotted on the Moon’s surface by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), as seen on the photo below.
Images Credits: NASA.