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The Super Flower Blood Moon eclipse leaves spacecraft in the dark

A Super Flower Blood Moon lunar eclipse will occur tonight (May 15) and may be a mesmerizing spectacle for Earth-bound viewers, but for the spacecraft on the moon, it’s more of a hindrance.

That’s because the three currently active lunar spacecraft — NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), India’s Chandrayaan-2 orbiter, and China’s Yutu-2 rover — are all solar-powered. Since the moon will undergo a total lunar eclipse on May 15 into the morning of May 16, the entire sunlit half of the moon will darken as the moon enters Earth’s shadow, and the spacecraft will not be able to charge their batteries.

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