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09 October 2009 @ 11:43 am
How to find water by crashng Teh Moon...  
*rotfl* I didn't really believe it at first but the LCROSS project (Lunar CRrater Observation and Sensing Satellite) is about
sending a rocket crashing into the moon causing a big impact and creating a crater, throwing tons of debris and potentially water ice and vapor above the lunar surface.

This impact will release materials from the lunar surface that will be analyzed for the presence of hydrated minerals which would tell researchers if water is there or not.

(mission overview)

In less than two hours we will have some really pissed of little green men knocking our atmosphere down... =D

Despite that possability, I am waaaay to excited about this mission. ^^ Just yesterday night I had my telescope pointed at the moon but unfortunately didn't find the spacecraft. *sigh*

But the crash might be so big that we can view it with the telescope. *bounce*
Zoidberg: SGA: Mckay orangemajor_zoidberg on October 9th, 2009 01:59 pm (UTC)
Apparently the impact will throw a plume of dust more than 9 miles in the above the surface of the moon. I'm pretty sure a dust plume that high should be visible with a smallish scope. Maybe a 7+ inch reflector. If the dust has traveled 9 miles above the moon, with the puny lunar gravity there might still be some residual dust for a couple hours afterward.

Hopefully the lunar reconnaissance orbiter will return some good pictures. :p
lorettakaylorettakay on October 9th, 2009 03:11 pm (UTC)
only NASA can come up with a program that is basically crashing.


But anything that keeps the NASA alive and kicking is a good thing.
Mercy: [Lilo & Stitch] Sisters - sistersmercscilla on October 9th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
And it's actually useful! =D

Exactly my thought. As long as they keep coming with new stuff, I'll gladly donate.
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Mercy: [Emoticon] *headdesk*mercscilla on October 9th, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
*snorfles* I knew it was going to something baaaaad... Unfortunately we cannot just, you know, ditch this planet... darn. =D
Jill aka Jo: Outlander: Claire graphic novelsireesanwar on October 9th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Weird! I wish I had a telescope!