NASA Moon Bombing Video: Hit or Miss? NASA LCROSS Lunar Impact
NASA rammed a spacecraft into the Moon on Friday, October 9 for the LCROSS mission. Here's the NASA Moon bombing video (some are calling it the "lacrosse video"). The Moon impact was aimed at the Cabeus crater. The Moon strike was a success, but less visually spectacular than spectators had hoped: more real-life science than Michael Bay flick. In terms of hitting an incredibly distant target with great accuracy, the NASA moon impact was a success. However, how successful was the scientific element of the mission: kicking up a dust plume and then analyzing its contents? The dust plume kicked up by the Centaur rocket stage to be analyzed by the NASA LCROSS probe was far smaller than expected, but that doesn't mean the mission failed. Still, we'd have liked to have seen those promised live pics.
Ames offficials had opened the guarded center for the night to the public, and hundreds of space enthusiasts had gathered in the open for the night to watch a program of three movies on a giant screen and await the impact.
When they saw an image of the crash transmitted from LCROSS far above and the debris plume was barely visible instead of spectacularly bright, the crowd in the cold open air - and some in tents - was disappointed.
People are calling it the "NASA moon bombing", though there are no explosives involved. SO it's not so much a NASA Moon bombing as a NASA Moon collision. A section of a Centaur rocket will collide with the moon, creating a crater and dust cloud, which (in theory) will kick loose ice particles that have been laying dormant for eons. This cloud will be analyzed by a second craft, the LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite). This has led to all sorts of theories revolving around secret missions for weapons tests or lunar colonial plans, but actually it's just a lo-fi impact test that will have virtually no impact on a celestial body that is no stranger to collisions. The "colonial plans" theory is actually true, as NASA makes no secret of wanting to set up facilities for human survival on the Moon, but we're not talkin' Space 1999.
The two spacecrafts' impact upon the Moon will have no effect on its orbit.
You'll be able to watch the "NASA moon bombing" live via NASA.
Though the Moon is drier than any desert, space scientists believe ice dumped by comets could be trapped in permanently shadowed craters that have not seen sunlight for billions of years. If so they could provide vital water supplies for a manned moonbase, both to drink and be turned into fuel.
NASA say the Centaur impact will produce a crater about 20 yards wide and as deep as a swimming pool. It will have less effect on the Moon than a mosquito hitting a jumbo jet.
The Atlas V Centaur upper stage has a mass of 2,000 kg (the more massive of the two vehicles impacting the Moon). It will be moving at 5,600 mph (2.5 km/sec.) BAM! By comparison, the Moon is orbiting the Earth at the measely speed of 2,300 mph (1.022 km/sec). On the other
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