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A gigantic rumbling stone ball as big as a three-storey house has thundered across the surface of the moon, smashing through a crater wall before coming to rest deep in the lunar pockmark's interior. LRO imagery of a boulder trail ending in a crater. Credit: LROC In the end the Clangers' lids just weren't strong enough. …


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  1. Winkypop Silver badge
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    Space Pool

    Top shot

  2. Anonymous Coward

    It's just Tiger Woods...

    ...practising where there are no young ladies to distract him.

  3. Sampler

    three story rolling ball of rock?

    Maybe I'll cancel my application for the moon base team...

  4. Andus McCoatover

    Beat me to it

    Ya B'stard !

    But, if that thing can rattle around a crater on the moon, what if it was a bit off it's trajectory? OK, Earth has an atmosphere, which should've done for most of it, but..

    (Incidentally, did NASA tax it's carbon footprint?)

  5. Alan Esworthy


    Y'know, sound _does_ travel through rock. If you'd been in an underground radiation-proof lunar habitat I'm sure you'd have heard this bouncing ball. Even if you'd been on the surface, you'd have heard the thing if you'd pressed your helmet to the ground or a nearby protruding rock.

  6. Michael 82
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    Them space aliens have been watching Red Dwarf again..

  7. Juillen 1

    Clangers extinct?

    Nope, they're just having a game of (oversized) footie, as the picture clearly shows.. As to why they're not in the image.. Didn't you hide when your football broke someone's window?

  8. Anonymous Coward

    how long before...

    they find the cosmocows?

  9. David Kelly 2

    How will we know?

    If we don't map the moon now, then how will we know when/if God has moved our rocks around? How about space aliens moving our rocks?

  10. Anonymous Coward


    I, for one, welcome our new golf-playing overlords.

  11. Anonymous Coward

    NO NO NO!

    That one is off the table and into somebody's pint of beer!

    Beer. Well, um, obviously!

  12. TeeCee Gold badge


    I reckon that the lunar students have noticed the satellite mapping exercise in progress and used the boulder to spell out "Fuck" in the local dash script.....

  13. marksalter
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    Near misses worth a mention?

  14. Rattus Rattus

    "They prefer golf to pool or billiards there"

    Here we have a nice illustration of why NASA's been having so many problems. Traditionally, golf is the preferred game of management whereas pool & billiards are more enjoyed by the lower-echelon workers. I think NASA's choice of simile points to an organisation that is top-heavy with too much management and too few workers who actually get stuff done.

    "Golf is a good walk spoiled" - Mark Twain

    1. Stoneshop

      But evidently

      it's simpler to bring a golfclub on a moon mission than a pool/billiards table. And that's why the Lunatics are playing golf now, although they clearly scaled the ball (and probably the clubs) to their size.

  15. Anonymous Coward
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    Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

    >is part of a huge and detailed lunar survey now underway.

    They could save a lot of money by waiting for Google Moon to come out closely followed by Google Crater View

    BTW. I wouldn't like to meet whatever it was that pushed the boulder to start it rolling.

  16. LuMan

    No sound??

    Oh yeah?? Well, I could clearly hear John Williams and the London Philharmonic Orchestra busking away as that monster rolled along the lunar surface!

  17. David Stever

    Did the stone bounce?

    Looking at the trail left, did the damned thing bounce on it's way down the slope? If the thing did a slow roll, I'd expect a steady trail, but this one leaves gaps, indicating to me that this 3 story monster had some momentum behind it. Even if it was rolling on hard ground, it'd leave a trail that we'd expect to be visible to us.

    Mark Salter left a URL to another photo- In this one, you can see one more trail that seems to bounce, and a second that does leave a constant trail. This moon place does seem interesting to me. Can I sign up for a expedition to the cottage at the end of the road?

    1. marksalter
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      Bounce - certainly... ... ...

      If you can find and trace the left 'shot' in the image fragment I found then it looks like more of a pool match, with multiple trails and other 'ball' impacts.

      I'm sure they have bounced, dependent on speed and slope of descent, I would imagine.

      The ones I saw are north of the one published in the full image visible here:-

      just double click on the middle far left of the full image to see the main item and then go 'north' for some others.

  18. David 45


    Could have made a nasty mess if any astronauts and/or lunar rover happened to be in the way.

  19. Daniel Evans


    Wow, there's a word you don't often hear outside of very specific circles.

  20. Stuart Halliday


    Oh come on Reg, we know it's soundless on the Moon. You didn't really have to tell us.

    You'll be telling us what the difference between RAM and ROM is next!

  21. Stuart Halliday

    How old is it?

    I wonder if they can work out when this boulder moved?

    Could have been one or a millions years ago....

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      something insignificant happened 250000 miles away at some point in time

      yeah, lets set up a team to find this out. Them losers off big bang theory would be ideal.

  22. Anonymous Coward
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    we need to know

    Why is showing a rock that rolled across the surface more important that showing the many and varied lunar landing sites then?

  23. David McMahon


    That's what I call pebble dashing!

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