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Update: The video is in, but it doesn’t live up to our expectations.

Like something out of a ’50s sci-fi movie (with a little Kubrick thrown in), tomorrow NASA is going to BOMB THE MOON. Nothing more awesome will happen this year, and you can watch the whole thing online.

After slingshotting around the Earth, the Centaur rocket will smash into the moon, “transforming 2200 kg of mass and 10 billion joules of kinetic energy into a blinding flash of heat and light. Researchers expect the impact to throw up a plume of debris as high as 10 km,” writes NASA.

Following that will be the LCROSS mothership, which will photograph the collision and fly into the debris, gathering data all the while.

Why are we bombing the moon? Something, something, water, something, organic molecules something, no-good moon men. Okay, NASA didn’t mention moon men, but who cares? We are BOMBING THE MOON. (Reminder: nothing more awesome will happen this year).

So how do you watch us pummel a defenseless moon? You can catch all the action on NASA TV. From the press release:

LCROSS Lunar Impact
7:31 a.m. EDT/4:31 a.m. PDT
Friday Oct. 9

A live NASA TV Broadcast is planned for the LCROSS impacts starting at 6:15 a.m. EDT/3:15 a.m. PDT, Oct. 9, on NASA TV and

The 1.5 hour broadcast includes:

  • Live footage from spacecraft camera
  • Real-time telemetry based animation
  • Views of LCROSS Mission and Science Operations
  • Broadcast commentary with expert guests
  • Prepared video segments
  • Views of the public impact viewing event at NASA Ames

Possible live footage from the University of Hawaii, 88-inch telescope on Mauna Kea.

The live LCROSS Post-Impact News Conference will be 10 a.m. EDT/7 a.m. PDT on NASA TV and

Elsewhere, the astronomy site, Slooh, which provides access to two honkin’ earth-based telescopes, is dropping its normal fee to allow users to watch the LCROSS impact as well.

123 Responses to “Watch NASA Bomb the Moon Online!”

  1. yellowduc

    some (most) of you people have no sense of humor – or irony. I’m sure I’m not the first to point this out to you either.

    I for one hope they painted “Moon or Bust” on the side of the rocket.

  2. Listen we all going to die because remember the ufos are from moon also the moon has a face. just take a good look at the moon the moon is evil the ufos an the people are hideing something in the moon

  3. Deborah

    It sad when a 12 year old knows more than the adults. There are so many uninformed people out their in this world. Question?? Do you guys still think the Earth is flat?????

  4. Tatiana

    You are right, I’m 12 years old and I know that the moon is way way too big to damage and destroy. You adults are crazy, and insane get real. The only way to do anything to the moon would have to include a nuclear bomb, and that would take about 50 of those. So come on wake up America.

    Hesperia, CA. USA

  5. You know what’s even better than exploding a rocket on the moon? Reading all these hilarious comments: “OMG THEY ARE GOING TO BLOW UP THE EFFING MOON I MEAN WTFFFFF BY THE WAY I AM SIX”

    Not even with all the nuclear weapons on the planet could we destroy the moon. It’s THE MOON for crying out loud.

  6. And another thing, maybe it was the 10 billion joules thing that scared everybody, so here’s a little something to put it in perspective. A 100 watt lightbulb ran for one hour per day for a month uses 10.8 million joules.

  7. This is directed at those people who don’t want us to destroy the moon:
    Do you realize how big the moon is? 160,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 pounds!!!! Crashing a rocket into it is not going to effect ANYTHING about the moon’s trajectory or rotation or anything like that. This is NASA we’re talking about here, they know what they’re doing. Quit worrying about it!!!

    • Its the principle, they already have plans to mine the moon.
      Look how bad we treat our earth, the planet we live on. What do you think they will do to the moon.

      Science use to have principle however it seems most of science sold out to the Big corporations for profit and fame.

  8. Are you people out of your minds? The guy who wrote the post made it a ‘bombing’ event as from his words we can see the maxima of ignorance. Funny that he posted the press release where the acronym clearly mentions it as a collision. Besides, what we call as the other side of the moon is something that has survived impacts with asteroids a billion times powerful than a small probe like this. You people get on your toes when you hear kinetic energy and all…. The best articles for you is not here but at ….
    P.S. No offence meant, none shall be taken.

    • you wana talk about a wiener.
      They use the word “collision.” They “collided” rockets against the moons surface. Who says that??! Collided, They use that word cause it sounds than bombed. Next it will be we tapped it or we gave it a bump. Fact is we Bombed the moon! “colliding” rockets had the same force as 1.5 tons of tnt.

      Keep your head in your thesaurus it has better use there,
      your just part of the mind fuck

  9. Lot of heat and concern. What is obvious in all of this is that there are things we still do not know. This should cause all of us to cease being arrogant and be humble.

    • Intellect is the ability to acquire information and apply it. It often evokes an arrogance good or bad from a user.
      Intelligence is the ability to temper judgment within the intellect. This often requires a level of humility.

      Thanks for that Ronald
      you are an Intelligent man



  11. ralph r

    Our scientics must be and NASA PERSONNEL MUST BE NUTS((())) why in the world is their a justifyable reason to do this??????? Please Abort this plan before its to late

  12. you people are complete nutcases, do the physics, a small blast will not destroy the moon, there is no need to worry, it is simple Newtonian Collisions. There is no such thing as a moon person, and a woman’s menstrual cycles have absolutely nothing to do with the moon, it has everything to do with hormones.

    The reason we are looking for water is not to give thirsty astronauts something to drink (could you imagine the nutritional value of moon-water) it is to build a refueling station on the surface of an object with a significantly lower escape speed. This “bombing” is going to be nothing for the moon, it has survived much worse (where do you think the craters came from?) and if we do find water, it will save money in the future. Space exploration, by the way is an important science, as its aim is not only to understand the beginnings of the universe, but also to postulate the end and take good measures to keep the human race going regardless. While we may not be feeding the hungry with that money, it wont matter who is hungry in a few billion years if we haven’t figured this stuff out by then.

    Btw, there is no way to “Bomb” the universe. the universe is really an abstract, it in and of itself is mostly vacuous.

    So please, think and do a bit or research before posting nonsensical hysteria

    • mellisamouse

      It’s not the science. It’s the principle….

      It is like all of these years of taxes, gone towards paying to better the world, and resalizing, instead they spent it on themseles ENTIRLEY, and then, just for the icing on the cake, they degrade your daughter on top of it.

    • Ummm FYI Julio have you ever been to the coast ? Well this really strange thing happens at night called high tide, and someone said ohh I dont know maybe a science guy of some sort that it has to do with the moons gravitational pull. Oh and have you ever been to a hospital ? well this really strange thing happens there as well, it all starts on a full moon for some reason there seems to be a huge jump in babies being born…… So walk into a hospital in labor and delivery and ask anyone who works there if this is true !!! Or you could ask me I work in L & D and I dread going in on a full moon cause I know it is going to be very very busy !!!!!! I am not saying that I think shooting a rocket into the moon will do anything, but I am saying the moon has an effect on our planet and I want to see it safe. We put animals on a endangered list and protect our forests cause we have a way about us, we like to mess things up! I just dont see a real point to crashing anything into anything moon or earth we all know that when we do these things there are consiquences. How far will we go till we have gone to far ? Will we make a small human error that has giant consiquences ?

    • I agree with you julio and appreciate your thought …….
      regardless of responses made by others.
      We should not forget that both science and nature has major role in our lives and neglecting any one could not be fruitful

  13. oh my GOD! we are so STUPID it amazes me. i thought that all those previous manned missions to the moon would have determined if there is water or not AGES ago. or did we just go to ride around in the moon rover and hit golf balls?

    1. while this may not be FATAL to life as we know it (trying to be optimistic for a minute), it certainly suddenly gives PERMISSION for us to start bombing EVERYTHING AND ANYTHING IN THE NAME OF SCIENCE, A SLIPPERY SLOPE TO SAY THE LEAST!

    2. I AGREE THE MONEY WOULD BE BETTER SPENT FIXING OUR WORLD POLLUTION/HUNGER/POLITICAL UNREST. once we clean up our existing mess, then MAYBE we can think about future scientific endeavors, but WHY WOULD WE EVEN WANT TO RISK OUR OWN MOON AT ALL ON any LEVEL even if they say it is safe? Yeah, i’ve heard that all kinds of things were deemed safe until OOOOOPS! we screwed up! for example back in the 50’s cigarette smoking was (supposedly) GOOD for your health and advertised as such. everyone smoked including DOCTORS and smoking was allowed everywhere even in HOSPITALS! then we started DYING of lung cancers etc.
      : DOH!!!!

    3. do WE THE PEOPLE have any say in this matter? why not?
      I do believe it is OUR TAX DOLLARS being spent! I VOTE NO!
      there should be a system in place to tell us well in advance what NASA and others plan to do in the name of science/technology and ALLOW CITIZENS TO VOTE.



    • actually we went to the moon to determine its distance using retro-reflecting mirror technology, and as a sort of bragging right.

      This is an unmanned mission, and the energy of impact will be small as will the size of the particulate matter. should any of it actually reach earth, it will burn up do to drag in the atmosphere.

      the reason we don’t have a voting system for NASA is because idiots like you who make wild claims without verifying any of it. If we did have a vote, nothing scientific would ever get accomplished because too many people out there are uninformed and very superstitious and refuse to get informed.

      • julio, i fully understand what is going on and you completely missed my point. name calling is really not part of any intelligent debate.

        must be nice to think you know it all.

        i am entitled to my opinion even if you think i am an idiot. i’d beat your IQ easily but i don’t beat up on others to make myself feel better. another point you missed.

      • seriously, julio.
        that is exactly my problem with the mission.. “braAgging rights?” the moon , nor any of the planets, are a fraternity party.
        ridiculous mission led by ridiculous, chauvinistic men.

      • yellowduc

        actually, name calling can be very effective in debates, just like it is now. most of you retards commenting here have no idea WTF you’re even talking about, and make me ashamed to be a progressive liberal.

        this event is cool sh*t and makes a lot of sense. I for one am proud to be from a country that’s spearheading further exploration into space. I’m going to guess that the rest of the whiners posting here are distant cousins to Flat Earthers, both soul suckers of humanity.

        So, for the time being, crawl back under your rocks, and quietly celebrate a great human achievement.

    • Hmmm…popular votes on scientific research. Sounds like the makings of a very scary movie. I’m not sure the average citizen has the knowledge to make much of an informed decision and wouldn’t have any better idea of what is safer. I’m betting everyone would have voted for DDT to prevent disease, and look where that got us. I’ll let those who are scientifically trained do the research. If we don’t like what the government is funding, we vote the policticians out.

  14. Who is the nut who came up with this idea – we live in a world of insanity – everywhere people are killing each other – now we have to kill the moon people.

    Did President Obama approve this operation? NASA is part of the US executive office? If he did??????

  15. Are you freaken kidding me? First we destroy our Earth , now we are going to destroy the moon!!!???? How in the hell are we going to spend billions of dollars to blow up the moon looking for water for astranauts, when we could be feeding and housing starving people of the world or at least our country. I am asshamed to call myself an American if this is the crap that is considered important. W.T.F. Get a clue you freaken grazing sheep of the world.

    The moon is so intricate in the ways of our climate and cycles of weather. Has anyone ever heard of the 2012 end of the world hypothesis? I have laughed at this for years, but with this kind of desicion making I can certainly see a terrible outcome coming to fruition.

    The pursuit of advancement in the last 100 years has done nothing but drive us closer to our own demise. Technology is supposed to be a good thing for the betterment of the human race, but this is the most assinine thing I have ever heard.

    We live in the most wealthy nation in the world and can’t take care of our own people and children due to somebody not making enough money from doing the right thing. Screw money, screw technology, screw the astronaughts. Fix the problems at hand and stop making more. The more advanced we become, the more we regress.

    This is an abomination and people everywhere should be up in arms. But Desperate Housewives is on and McDonald’s has a sale on double cheeseburgers. That’s what matters.

    I AM SICK!!!!!!!

      • Chad…I couldn’t agree with you more!!! My husband and I JUST had the same conversation! Is the cost 78 million or billion? Doesn’t matter…no real energy policy, no healthcare for all, a dying economy with incresing unemployment, gangs and drugs in our cities everywhere, pollution of our food chain by fat corporations and so on……but we bomb the moon!!! I am in full support of science BUT… van we PLEASE get our own house in order first????!!!!!

    • Billions of dollars? Try again. This was a shoestring mission from NASA. Perhaps a few ten million dollars. For a federal SPACE project, that’s extremely cheap.

      This is going to have almost NO effect on the moon. Every year the moon is hit by about 50 (on average) natural impactors of the same size or bigger than the impactor we’re sending.

      • Listen James. Even though this project was cheap for a space mission why would you want to find water on the moon in the first place? What are you going to do next? Who cares if there was life on the moon or not there is no oxygen, no water, NO PROOF. I thought NASA was smart but right now this is just stupid. Life on the moon or not. This won’t help ANYTHING

  16. Crystal

    Sure we are screwing up our natural resources. So next we start bombing the universe so we can tap into it and rob it. Don’t we share the moon? I think the money could be spent better by improving our own planet instead of blowing a hole in the moon. We have no idea what this could do.

  17. Is this bombing the moon story some kind of subversive plug for that MOON film that’s just been released?

    Can’t be far off.. first we bomb it, then we mine it, then we destroy it, then we leave it and find a new moon.


      • Smart One

        stupid crazy americans, what is next they will throw bomb on africa to see what is a color of smoke when you destroy africa… fulllllssssss!!!!!!!! crazy idiots!!!!! who geave them a wrigfht!!!

        sory becouse my bad english :)

      • good point! Even if there was water on the moon it wouldn’t be no good because there is no oxygen so wats da freakin point of bombing the freakin moon u destroyers of our planets and moon. Back da frick OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Why in the WORLD would we ever Bomb the moon with anything? What the hell is wrong with people? The moon is something I should think we really wouldn’t ever want to mess with in case we screwed up. I dunno…call me crazy. I am so not for this at all.

    • i strongly agreee if the moon gets destroied what what are we going to have jack this mission could posibly the end of our lives what if a chuck fall from the moon and is shooting strait for us god bless you and paray and i hope to see you in the heavens 11 years old

      • priscilla

        We can let this happen. The moon is what was always here. It was here before we were. God made everything we have. And we destroy it. NASA is going to kill everything and everyone JUST to see what happens when you explode it….

        God help us all.

        No one asked every person on this planet if we wanted to bomb the MOON…
        Who gave NASA the permission to bomb the moon????????

  19. Jennifer laws-mills

    I hope this was cleared by all menstrual women on the planet. If this messes w/ my cycle I will be very upset!!
    Just wondering if any of the scientist were women and gave this a thought.