James Williams
Soviet lunar rover can still help scientists

A Soviet Union lunar rover discovered last month on the moon's surface might still prove useful nearly four decades after scientists lost track of it, with physicists announcing Monday that the rover's reflector can still shine bright. "It's been silent for almost 40 years, and nobody knew if it was even viable anymore," said Tom Murphy, a physicist at UC San Diego. Murphy led the team that identified the location of the reflector. Soviet scientists lost contact with the Lunokhod 1 rover on Sept. 14, 1971, 10 months after its landing. American scientists initially scoured the lunar surface via telescope in an effort to find the rover's reflector, a small...