NASA has released photos of what it claims to be the impact sight of the Apollo 16 S-IVB rocket stage, which crashed into the lunar surface in 1972. The exact coordinates of the site which is in an area called Mare Insularum, about 260 km southwest of Copernicus Crater. The coordinates of the newly found impact site are: 1.921°N, 335.377°E, -1104 m elevation.
The S-IVB was the third stage of NASA’s Saturn V rocket, which was used to send Apollo astronauts to the moon. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter ( LRO), which has been circling our moon since 2009, has previously located S-IVB’s for the Apollo 13, 14, 15 and 17 missions. Until now, Apollo 16’s S-IVB location was unknown because mission control lost contact with the booster briefly while it was on its way back to the moon. The actual location is about 19 miles from the estimated impact site.