Thursday, October 08, 2009

WTF? Bin Laden's on the moon?

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Two spacecraft will slam into the moon on Friday
Wednesday, 07 Oct 2009
By MIKE BRODY, Special Contributor
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NASA is preparing to bomb the moon and you can watch if you get up early.
The space agency said it will slam two spacecraft into the moon at 7:30 a.m. EDT Friday in an effort to find water on the moon.

A spacecraft, called the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, will break into two parts and hit the moon a few minutes apart. First the Centaur upper stage rocket will hit the lunar crater Cabeus near the southern pole, sending a plume of debris about 6 miles above the moon. LCROSS then will fly through the debris, collecting and analyzing the debris, searching for signs of water ice before slamming into the moon at 5,000 miles per hour.
Amateur astronomers with the right equipment will be able to see the event from Earth, or you could just watch it on TV.
NASA is
planning a live broadcast for the LCROSS impacts starting at 6:15 a.m. EDT, 3:15 a.m. PDT, Oct. 9, on NASA TV and will stream the event live at www.nasa.gov/ntv .
Not everybody thinks bombing the moon is a good idea, however.
Some believe it is actually a space-based weapons test , and Lara Gardner, a writer from Portland, Maine, has started a blog called Do Not Bomb the Moon . She doesn't have any facts to back it up, but she says it is just wrong

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