NASA's Moon Bombing: More Fizzle Than Sizzle?
UPDATE, Friday morning, Oct. 9, 8:45 a.m. -- The Moon bombing apparently came off with a fizzle, not a bang. As network anchors watched and waited breathlessly, the grainy images from NASA -- live video taken from the orbiting module and an infrared camera image -- showed absolutely nothing. No six-mile debris plume spewing from the Moon's surface. No infrared signs of a steamy impact. Nothing. Nada.
NASA cameras quickly switched to a control room scene, with mission commanders and minions doing the requisite hand shakes and back-slapping. The space agency declared the mission a success -- and there was no more talk by the TV anchors of the fly-by telemetry that was supposed to reveal whether the probe actually resulted in the release of ice crystals. Attention quickly turned to the surprise announcement that President Obama had won the Nobel peace prize.
So what happened up there on the Moon this morning? Does a major government agency advertise as its coming attraction a six-mile-high debris plume and then get away with saying, "Never mind?" Or, is it possible that a weapons testing phase of the mission was shut down over belated concerns that the debris raised by an intense impact could create rings around the moon, a debris field that would endanger future missions?
Did the mission fail, resulting in no major impact at all? Or is "success" being redefined as something less than promised?
At this point, it apparently depends on who and what you choose to believe; we await the release by NASA of scientific data that confirms the mission's success or failure.
Remember, the American public was lied to and never told by NASA about that '60s-era manned spy lab, a military mission disguised as a civilian space shot. So the possibility that this Moon bombing was an aborted weapons test cannot be ruled out. As they say, you can't prove a negative, especially if a civilian space agency is used as cover to pursue the national security goal of the weaponization of space.
THE ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWS:
• Searching for water, when it's already been discovered? Or a "directed energy" weapons test?
• A violation of international treaties?
• Will debris cause RINGS to appear around the Moon -- or dim the moonlight, possibly affecting the Earth's climate?
• Lunar space junk to pose a hazard to future missions?
• Should the President of the U.S. order a stop to the bombing?
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On Friday, Oct. 9th, a NASA space module is scheduled to crash a projectile into the surface of the moon at twice the speed of a bullet, causing a massive explosion that's expected to send into the lunar atmosphere a six-mile-high plume of debris -- enough moondust to be visible from planet Earth.
The government's stated reason for this Mythbuster-like, blow-'em-up exercise:
To determine if there's a substantial amount of water on the Moon.
Now, for some questions that mainstream Pentagon, White House and tech beat journalists should be asking:
Is this really the best way to divine for H2O? Didn't an analysis of a past NASA missions already determine that water vapor exists on the moon? Why is a "moon bomb" needed to establish the presence of water when it's already been done?
Or -- is this just a cover story to cloak the real mission behind this lunar weapons assault?
What's the nature of the explosive trigger? It has been described as a "kinetic bomb" (see Scientific American link, below). What does that really mean?
Is this actually some sort of a microwave or laser or plasma or particle beam directed energy weapons test -- a doomsday space weapon?
Note that the Scientific American article linked below says the space module that discharges the "kinetic bomb" will continue to orbit the moon for a year after impact. Is this really the stealth installation of a space weapon into the "high ground" of lunar orbit?
It's been eons since the last massive lunar impact. Will the dust and debris sent into the lunar atmosphere by this NASA adventure dim the moonlight? And for how long? Will this debris cause "rings" around our Moon? Think that's not possible? Guess again; last year, scientists discovered rings around a moon of Saturn -- the first time astronomers observed such a phenomenon:
Should NASA risk messing with "Earth's night-light" like this? Could there be an effect on weather here on Earth if the amount of reflected sunlight from the moon is diminished?
Who is to say that this explosion might not cause a fracture in the lunar surface that could trigger a massive "moonquake" -- possibly enough to affect the lunar axial rotation, nudging the moon out of its orbit and perhaps causing the sphere to lose some orbital velocity, putting the orb on a collision course with the Earth -- if not soon, sometime sooner than would have been predicted by astrophysics?
Okay, I know... this sounds far-fetched. I'm no astrophysicist, just a skeptical journalist. But how much does NASA really know about the plate tectonics of the moon? Could this man-made explosion trigger unanticipated, perhaps even drastic, consequences?
Didn't someone wisely say, "Don't mess with Mother Nature?" I am being serious here. At least starting asking some questions. Today, not after the fact.
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