Tuesday, October 6, 2009

NASA to bomb the Moon (seriously)

s-LCROSS-BOMB-MOON-largeNASA is making preparations to bomb the moon on the 9th of October for their LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite) mission by sending a missile that will travel twice the speed of a bullet to blast open a hole near the moon's south pole.

You may be asking yourself "Why the hell would NASA do this?"

Answer: It's to search for water in space.

Scientists intend to examine the debris created by the impact/explosion of the missile to see if there will be any tracers of ice, or water vapor.  NASA has made attempts in the past using Radars to track this sort of thing and have not had much luck.

If NASA has any success with the LCROSS mission, this could expedite lunar exploration.

There is a video simulation that can be watched at NASA's LCROSS website.

You can also watch the LCROSS launch live which will be happening 3:15AM PDT on October 9th 2009.