Sunday, October 11, 2009

United States Blows Up Moon

For those of you who don't leave your Xbox all weekend, you may have missed that around 7 a.m. Friday morning, the United States blew up the moon.

Sort of.

NASA sent a probe to the moon to blow it up -- only a little -- in search of water.

WASHINGTON — NASA scientists reported successful impacts of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) lunar mission, 6,000 mile-per-hour controlled crashes into the Cabeus crater on the moon's South Pole.
"I guess my summary is 'really cool'," said Pete Worden of NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif., which ran the mission. "Today, we kicked up some moon dust and all indications are we are going to have some really interesting results."

Aimed at determining whether the moon contains ice deposits in its shadowed polar craters, the $79 million mission's booster landed at 7:31 a.m. ET, kicking up a moon dust plume.

The mission's "shepherd" spacecraft passed through the plume, observing its chemistry, and then hit the left wall of the crater at 7:35 a.m. ET., kicking up its own plume. Earth observatories and spacecraft observed both impacts.

Apparently they got a lot of data. It sounds like they created a dust storm to me. Poor moon martians.

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