You can watch NASA give the moon a one-two punch
Fri Oct 9 04:13:37 EST 2009
Thu Oct 8 17:13:37 UTC 2009
NASA's planning to slam a used up spacecraft into the moon's surface late tonight .. but it's all for the sake of scientific discovery.
It will crash the spacecraft into the moon's south pole to kick up a massive plume of lunar dirt .. and then scour it to see if there's any water or ice spraying up.
NASA wants to confirm the theory that water .. a key resource if people are going to go back to the moon .. is hidden below the barren moonscape.
The crashing spaceship was launched in June .. along with an orbiter that's now mapping the lunar surface.
The collision's due to happen at 10.31pm (AEDT) .. and if you want to watch it check out NASA's website.
On the net
NASA's LCROSS site: http://www.nasa.gov/mission(underscore)pages/LCROSS/main/index.html
Where to observe LCROSS crash: http://www.nasa.gov/mission(underscore)pages/LCROSS/impact/index.html
How to view with own telescope: http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/observation/amateur.htm
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