News: NASA to Bomb the Moon (For Real)

NASA to Bomb the Moon (For Real)

No joke. This is not an Onion headline. This coming Friday, October 9th, NASA is actually planning on bombing the moon in search for water. The missile, a Centaur rocket, will blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aiming at the moon's South Pole. Scientists will then analyze the debris from the explosion for traces of water ice or vapor.

From Discover Magazine:

"Detecting that water is tough. Radar results have been inconclusive,with some people saying there's lots of water, and others sayingthere's none at all. By impacting a probe there, any ice located at theimpact site will be shot up above the lunar surface, where sunlightwill break it up into O+ and OH- molecules, which can be detected.Thus, LCROSS."

Wow. Taking the search for alternatives resources about...250,000 miles further.

Amazing simulation video of the LCROSS mission below. Catch the dramatic LCROSS mission live on NASA TV at 6:15 a.m. EDT/3:15 a.m. PDT on October 9, 2009.

NASA to Bomb the Moon (For Real)

NASA to Bomb the Moon (For Real)

NASA to Bomb the Moon (For Real)

11 Comments

Didn't someone already find water on the moon?

they don't count? interesting. Case of sour grapes?

just kidding with my friend over there. a la the daily show / jon stewart episode on "Deep Space Naan" http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-september-29-2009/deep-space-naan

but yes i would assume the US is, to say the least, unhappy they did not make the discovery.

I'm glad the Whitehouse is now paying attention to NASA instead of mourning the 2016 olympics.:D

wow cant wait to see this...r they coming live on air

We need to stop doing dumb crap!!! Who is to say what will happen when they do this!!! Are they serious??!!! Stupid people!

eh the moon's not important

Right?! I understand its all importand to get water and everything, but lets solve global warming, and all that other important fun stuff too. Oh, and what about that meteor that has been heading towards earth? whats their plan for that? lets use that missle for the moon, make it bigger and kill that meteor thats gunna kill everyone instead. all this money for nothing. im a tax paying citizen dammit.

I like explosions as much as everyone else but... man, i hope it all goes good atleast, or it would be a huuuge waste of money and time. lol

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