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Old 07-10-2009, 01:35 AM   #1
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Default NASA's mission to bomb the Moon

NASA will tomorrow launch a spectacular mission to bomb the Moon. Their LCROSS mission will blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a missile that will blast a hole in the lunar surface at twice the speed of a bullet.

The missile, a Centaur rocket, will be steered by a shepherding spacecraft that will guide it towards its target - a crater close to the Moon's south pole.

Scientists expect the blast to be so powerful that a huge plume of debris will be ejected.

The attack on the Moon is not a declaration of war or act of wanton vandalism. Space scientists want to see if any water ice or vapour is revealed in the cloud of debris.

Though the Moon mostly a dry airless desert, they believe ice could be trapped in crater shadows near the south pole which never receive any sunlight. If so it could provide vital supplies for a manned moonbase.

Last year, British scientists identified regions where water might be found on the Moon and estimated that there could be enough to fill one of Europe's largest reservoirs.

The spacecraft will not head straight for the Moon. First it will orbit the Earth a number of times while its precise target is identified. Finally, it will send the missile into the Moon at twice the speed of a bullet on October 8.

The shepherding spacecraft will follow close behind, taking pictures and analysing the ejected debris as it looks for evidence of water. It has just four minutes to do this before it crashes into the Moon itself, producing a spectacular explosion that should be visible in amateur astronomers' telescopes.

It is a busy time for Moon crashes. Last week Japan's Kaguya probe collided with the Moon at the end of its own mission.

The LCROSS mission - it stands for Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite - will launch on an Atlas V rocket together with another spacecraft, called the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The orbiter will circle the Moon for at least a year searching for potential landing sites for astronauts when they return there in the next decade. It will also look for suitable materials that might support a colony.

The dual mission was due to blast off today but was delayed to make way for the shuttle Endeavour. However, another hydrogen leak means that the shuttle launch has now been delayed until next month.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...-06&print=true

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Old 07-10-2009, 03:29 AM   #2
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If no clouds, I will have my little scope trained on the impact area at the right time. Maybe I will see something. Hoping.
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Old 07-10-2009, 01:42 PM   #4
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Doesn't seem like they have scheduled an exact time for this. If anyone gets this info, please post it, as I'd like to watch also.

Should be very interesting!
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How to Watch NASA's Probe Smack the Moon Friday

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/200910...kthemoonfriday
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How to Watch NASA's Probe Smack the Moon Friday

http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/200910...kthemoonfriday


They are saying you need a fairly big scope.
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Old 07-10-2009, 03:05 PM   #7
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They are saying you need a fairly big scope.
Thanks for the info!!

I don't have a big scope, but do have NASA TV!! Excellent!
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Old 09-10-2009, 06:49 PM   #8
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Well, this is quite frustrating. I can't get a decent "plume" photo!! I guess this plume was a lot smaller than I thought! Then again, what was I thinking? A "Breakaway" type plume??!! Ok, I guess the pics will come in time!

On to other thoughts:

1) What if a lot of ice is found on the moon, what then? You know, the moon is pretty important. Tides, earths rotation..etc....what happens if we start mining the moon? Sure, a little ice here and there won't make much difference, but what happens if something as valuable is found there? What if we start mining it and over the course of a century or so, reduce the mass of the moon by a significant amount? What happens if we make the moon so light, it swings out of orbit and ends up wandering the universe?? Come to think of it, that would make a great sci-fi show!!
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In other news:

President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize. US bombs moon!!
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Well, here's the money shot for what it's worth.





Weeks of analyzing data from around the world to come.

Even the large earth based scopes did not see ejecta.
But the LRO orbiter did detect it.
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Weeks of analyzing data from around the world to come.

Even the large earth based scopes did not see ejecta.
But the LRO orbiter did detect it.
If memory serves Clementine did not send up a cloud of dust as they had expected. Wonder what's that made of? Discoveries so often come from unexpected results. I'm hoping for the best, as this could be the start of lunar colonization. May not get to see it, but it would still be fantastic to see it get started!
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President Obama wins Nobel Peace Prize. US bombs moon!!
After 9 days in office, as the nomination was made Feb 1. What a joke.
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NASA will tomorrow launch a spectacular mission to bomb the Moon.

The real reason the Moon blew out of orbit????

Hhmm...
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After 9 days in office, as the nomination was made Feb 1. What a joke.
You got that right! Even Carter, a miserable excuse for a President, actually did something to earn his, when he brought Egypt and Israel together. A peace that still holds, BTW. Teddy Roosevelt brokered a peace in the Russo-Japanese War. Mother Teresa fed starving millions and helped the dying.
Obama?? Zilch.
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If memory serves Clementine did not send up a cloud of dust as they had expected. Wonder what's that made of? Discoveries so often come from unexpected results. I'm hoping for the best, as this could be the start of lunar colonization. May not get to see it, but it would still be fantastic to see it get started!
I am wondering if the seismographs left on the Moon by the Apollo astronauts picked up anything. The Moon should be ringing like a bell after the strike.
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Take the political rants to another thread on an appropriate board. That goes for both Obama bashers & supporters.
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Take the political rants to another thread on an appropriate board. That goes for both Obama bashers & supporters.
Thank You
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I am wondering if the seismographs left on the Moon by the Apollo astronauts picked up anything. The Moon should be ringing like a bell after the strike.
Forgot, that the seismostations were shut down a while ago. Too bad. There could have been a wealth of information about the interior of the Moon.
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Fascinating...Not much of a boom, but I hope they find the ice they're looking for.

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This was way too overhyped by the media. It ended in a thud rather than a bang.
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