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Kicking up moon dust.

>> Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hi everyone! An exciting event is scheduled for October 8th and/or 9th. LCROSS or Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite, will be sending its upper stage booster rocket flying toward the south pole of the moon. The impacts ejecta will be studied and analyzed for evidence of water in the moons crust. But enough of that science jargon the question you are probably asking is, "Can we see it?" The answer is "yes"; unfortunately if you do not own a fairly large telescope it may be tough if not impossible. But fear not the live video will be shown on NASA TV or you can contact your local Astronomical Society and see if they have arranged a viewing. The crater that is calculated to be the resting place for this upper tage rocket is Cabeus-A, it is near the southern pole of the moon. There is also tons of information if you click on the title of this post. I will be trying to upload a video of the impact here on Potspoon! for those of you that may have cloudy skies, no tv or telescope. So for now go study a moon chart, look up your local Astronomy club or find out where you can watch NASA TV. I will continue to update you later. :-)


Astro Todd October 14, 2009 at 10:52 AM  

Well Potspooners, NASA really built up that impact when in reality only sensitive IR cameras could pick up the impact. Fortunately science is still being done with the LCROSS data. As for me it was an anticlimactic morning in the cold air here in Hesperia, CA. Until the next big event.... :-)

-Astro Todd

Marizela M. Zambrano October 14, 2009 at 1:37 PM  

meh... it happens. I still want to see what they get out of it!

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