Friday, October 09, 2009


Warlock's basement in Live Free or Die Hard is better equipped than the NASA control room for this launch. And why are they wearing jeans? Is it casual Friday?

From USA Today:

NASA probe strikes moon's south pole in search of water

NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission successfully slammed into the moon's south pole at nearly 6,000 miles-per-hour Friday morning, sending up a plume of lunar dust with twin impacts.

The $79 million mission aims to allow inspection of the plumes for sin of ice frozen inside shadowed craters, such as Cabeus, the target of the mission.

"Showtime," said science director Michael Bicay, of NASA's Ames Research Center, moments before the impacts, which sent the LCROSS booster rocket crashing into Cabeus crater at 7:31:53 am ET followed by the mission's "shepherd" spacecraft, which sampled the plume of the first impact, before hitting the crater at 7:36:10 am ET.

"Hard to tell, what we saw there," he said, after the impact. "We're confident the instruments performed as expected."

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