The Apollo 11 mission that landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon rather overshadowed the phenomenal achievement of the previous mission, Apollo 10. Without the bravery of Thomas Stafford, John Young and Gene Cernan, the moon first landing would never have happened.
As part of the mission, Apollo 10’s lunar module ascent stage — affectionately called ‘Snoopy’ — was discarded and sent into an orbit around the sun. 42 years later and it’s still believed to be out there.
“We’re expecting a search arc up to 135 million kilometers in size which is a huge amount of space to look at,” Howes continues. “We’re aware of the scale and magnitude of this challenge but to have the twin Faulkes scopes assist the hunt, along with schools, plus the fact that we’ll doubtless turn up many new finds such as comets and asteroids makes this a great science project too.”
This is like trying to find a needle in a haystack made of needles.