Posted by: drgeophysics | October 8, 2009

Attack the Moon; a proud moment for humanity!

What science does--increase human knowledge.

What science does--increase human knowledge.

In order to answer the question about the availability of water for potential human activity on the moon the radical theory of water resources in shaded craters had been advanced.  Science often leads to places that are amazing, and as the data has been accumulated, this idea appeared to have serious merit.

What better way to test the idea than to create an impact on the Moon and see what debris composition occurred?  Oh man, real rocket science.  The propeller heads at NASA and their colleagues have made it happen.  Can you imagine this, a complex idea, lots of observations, and then the experiment, to just see what happens; to understand our universe more thoroughly.  This is a timeless activity; it makes me proud.  It is what our species does.  Ignore those who know the cost of everything and the value of nothing.

“Then comes the first part of the lunar assault. At 7:31 a.m. EDT, the larger empty rocket will crash into a permanently dark crater and kick up a 6.2 mile high spray of debris.”

Here is the New York Times story.

A live NASA TV Broadcast is planned for the LCROSS impacts starting at 6:15 a.m. EDT/3:15 a.m. PDT, Oct. 9, on NASA TV and www.nasa.gov/ntv.

The 1.5 hour broadcast includes:

  • Live footage from spacecraft camera
  • Real-time telemetry based animation
  • Views of LCROSS Mission and Science Operations
  • Broadcast commentary with expert guests
  • Prepared video segments
  • Views of the public impact viewing event at NASA Ames
  • Possible live footage from the University of Hawaii, 88-inch telescope on Mauna Kea.

The live LCROSS Post-Impact News Conference will be 10 a.m. EDT/7 a.m. PDT on NASA TV and www.nasa.gov/ntv

Here is another link to the NASA TV web site.

Here is the LCROSS NASA web site.

Video of the impact from LCROSS mission control.

The answer so far, nothing was seen from earth related to the impact at all. Here is the National Geographic news report. You have to love science when the most difficult questions are being investigated.  There is no clear answer and the scientists operate as detectives.  Stay tuned, the rocket scientists are on the case.

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