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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
06-19-2009, 09:54 AM,
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
Quote:The aim is to see whether any traces of water will be revealed by the disruption caused to the planet's surface. Nasa will analyse the space cloud caused by the explosion for any sign of water or vapour.

Scientists expect the impact to blast out a huge cloud of dust, gas and vaporized water ice at least 6 miles high - making it visible from Earth.

If the search is successful it could provide vital supplies for a moonbase. The moon is mostly dry desert but ice may be trapped in craters which never see sunlight.

The unmanned Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission (LCROSS) will fire a Centaur rocket into the surface at twice the speed of a bullet.

An accompanying spacecraft will orbit the moon for a year looking for possible landing sites for astronauts. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will spend at least a year creating the most minutely detailed map of the moon's surface ever seen.

The vessel swill be the first American spacecrafts to make a lunar trip since 1999.

Astronomers have long thought that a rain of comets brought water to the arid, lifeless moon over billions of years.

In the past few years, at least two American spacecraft reported the presence of water by detecting hints of hydrogen and oxygen - the constituents of water - frozen deep in the darkest recesses of craters around both the north and south lunar poles.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechn...b-the-moon.html
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06-19-2009, 11:40 AM,
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
didn't some country just have satellite pics of the lunar surface where the americans stuff was supposedly left behind from their lunar landing
and the pics showed there was nothing there???

now the americans are going to bomb the moon

what a coincidence it would be if where the american junk should be and bomb site are the same place

there by giving the americans a very nice story of why there are no remains left from an american lunar landing
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06-19-2009, 06:04 PM,
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
This is pretty interesting.
I'd like to know when they are doing this.
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06-20-2009, 02:07 AM, (This post was last modified: 06-20-2009, 02:09 AM by mastermg.)
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
Quote:This is pretty interesting.
I'd like to know when they are doing this.

Im afraid they've already started :unsure:


NASA launches unmanned moon shot, first in decade
JUNE 18


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA launched its first moon shot in a decade Thursday, sending up a pair of unmanned science probes that will help determine where astronauts could land and set up camp in years to come.

The liftoff occurred just one month and two days shy of the 40th anniversary of the first lunar footprints. The mission is a first step in NASA's effort to return humans to the moon by 2020.

Scientists cheered as the Atlas V rocket carrying the two spacecraft blasted off in late afternoon, ducking through clouds and providing an exhilarating start to the $583 million mission.

"It was amazing," said John Keller, a deputy project scientist.

The two spacecraft should reach the moon in four to five days — or by early next week. One will enter into an orbit around the moon for a mapping mission. The other will swing past the moon and go into an elongated orbit around Earth that will put it on course to crash into a crater at the moon's south pole in October.

NASA expects the dramatic moon-impacting part of the mission to be "a smashing success." It's a quest to determine whether frozen water is buried in one of the permanently shadowed craters. Water would be a tremendous resource for pioneering astronauts.

"We're going to be doing some lunar prospecting, if you will, excavation style," said project manager Dan Andrews.

It's an unusual two-for-one moon shot.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will provide a high-precision, three-dimensional map of the lunar surface. It will circle the lunar poles and, via its seven science instruments, provide a new atlas of the moon as well as a guidebook for future explorers.

When it comes time to launch astronauts to the moon, NASA wants to avoid putting them down on an uneven surface, near boulders or in a crater.

"The Apollo program accepted risk and was able to have safe landings," said Richard Vondrak, project scientist for the orbiter. "But we want to return to the moon, make repeated landings in some areas, and be able to go there with a higher degree of safety."

The second probe, called the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, will be aiming for a spectacular smashup that should be visible from the United States.

"How do you get something that's been in the dark for maybe a billion or 2 billion years out to study it?" said Anthony Colaprete, the principal investigator.

Answer: Impact the bottom of the shadowed crater with the satellite's spent upper-stage Centaur rocket, more than 5,000 pounds of dead weight careening in at 5,600 mph.

LCROSS, pronounced L-Cross, will drop the Centaur into the targeted crater. The impact will send a plume of ejected material up into the sunlight, vaporizing any ice and exposing any traces of water. Previous spacecraft have detected hydrogen in these craters, which could be evidence of frozen water.

The plume of ejected material — more than 350 tons of soil and rock — should rise as high as six miles.

The trailing LCROSS will fly through the plume, take measurements, send the data to Earth, then crash into the surface four minutes after the Centaur, creating a second plume of debris.

The impacts and plumes should be visible to observers in the United States, west of the Mississippi River, using 10- to 12-inch telescopes. The Hubble Space Telescope will monitor the event, as well as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, still circling the moon.

In a novel touch, NASA has a song to go with the impact mission, "Water on the Moon," written and performed by deputy project manager John Marmie, a song-writing engineer who once considered a music career in Nashville, Tenn. The rock 'n' roll tune begins with a short countdown and the sound of a launching rocket.

The moon shot — NASA's first since the 1998 launch of Lunar Prospector — should have gotten under way Wednesday. But the space agency wanted to give shuttle Endeavour one last crack at taking off on a space station mission; a recurring hydrogen gas leak halted the countdown.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/articl...LGah8AD98TCRV80
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06-20-2009, 02:25 AM,
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
What horse shit!

Nobody is bombing the moon. They are doing hard landings for various reasons, which will impact a tiny area of the moon.

As for the pics that supposedly show the American moon landing equipment was absent, that's crap! There are instruments set up on the moon by astronauts that are still in use today.
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06-20-2009, 06:41 AM,
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
I dont think its like a chemical bomb, just a rocket crashing and blowing up an area.

Quote:"How do you get something that's been in the dark for maybe a billion or 2 billion years out to study it?" said Anthony Colaprete, the principal investigator.

Answer: Impact the bottom of the shadowed crater with the satellite's spent upper-stage Centaur rocket, more than 5,000 pounds of dead weight careening in at 5,600 mph.
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06-20-2009, 09:56 AM,
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
Quote:didn't some country just have satellite pics of the lunar surface where the americans stuff was supposedly left behind from their lunar landing and the pics showed there was nothing there??? now the americans are going to bomb the moon what a coincidence it would be if where the american junk should be and bomb site are the same place there by giving the americans a very nice story of why there are no remains left from an american lunar landing
Are you SURE there's LAUNDRY in that bag?
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09-14-2009, 05:00 PM,
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
NASA Selects Target Crater for Lunar Impact
Quote:Sept. 11, 2009: NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) is racing toward a double-impact on the moon at 7:30 am EDT on Oct. 9th. Today NASA announced exactly where the crash will take place.

The target crater is Cabeus A. It was selected after an extensive review of the best places to excavate frozen water at the lunar south pole.

Link with photo
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09-14-2009, 07:18 PM,
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
Isn't there some kind of element or mineral there that is worth a fortune here?
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09-14-2009, 08:12 PM,
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
I've heard reports of uranium being there in addition to low- or zero G glass being targets of interest.
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09-14-2009, 08:19 PM,
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Quote:Nasa prepares to bomb the moon

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqhYzBBwbk8 :rolleyes:
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09-15-2009, 01:39 AM,
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
Only the greatest band to ever be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot6XmPtuVMY
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09-15-2009, 03:30 AM, (This post was last modified: 09-15-2009, 03:33 AM by ---.)
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
Quote:Only the greatest band to ever be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot6XmPtuVMY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxB2x9QzXb0 ;)

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09-15-2009, 04:14 AM,
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
Quote:
Quote:Only the greatest band to ever be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ot6XmPtuVMY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxB2x9QzXb0 ;)

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Least w forget http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM1rB1rGS44

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60A1yKc2hi4
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09-15-2009, 04:48 AM, (This post was last modified: 09-15-2009, 04:50 AM by ---.)
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Nasa prepares to bomb the moon
Some awesome fireball powers they had there in Kansas, no matter what Dorothy says LOL :nuts:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C68Fw2OkhzA...feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejd2O0K-57Y...PL&index=39 :yikes:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FtgbIQyWxk...&playnext=1

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