Watch NASA Bomb the Moon Online!

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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 www.nasa.gov/ntv.

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 www.nasa.gov/ntv.

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 Comments

Zaki Adam

How about moon god believers!
Plz don’t hurt there religious sentiment of 1.5 billion people,
I guess you people know very well whom I am talking about?

elmo

you’re right..
but there is no need to mix things.
we are not talking about religion.
keep on track.
its about consuming the water of the moon.

William M. Amsden

We need to bomb the Moon. And exploit it. That is what men do. We exploit women. We exploit children. We exploit animals. We exploit situations. We exploit men. We exploit ourselves. Naturally we need to exploit the moon. It is our right. It is our duty. It is our destiny.

Carole Clarke

Whoever put together the TV hype for this experiment should be fired! If you are going to do something this monumental, we ought to at least get our moneys worth onscreen. If there was a “plume” it may have been inside the shadows of a huge crater, not visible to those of us who got up at the crack of dawn to see the impact. I hope the scientists at the JPL in Pasadena are happy because to the rest of us it was a great big fat DUD. Those who believe we never got to the moon and concocted it all on a Hollywood soundstage will have a field day.
What I want to see is a shot that delivers an American flag to the moon One made of extremely lightweight filament that will pack into a relatively small area to be carried aloft. Unroll that puppy on the surface of the moon where the whole damn earth can see it and let them stare at it for the rest of time.

jordan

Everyone.. our moon is okay. God witnessed it and told me it’s okay. His big brother is away anyways…. good luck to us then.. ouch.

Robi

Why are we up there wasting money doing such as that. No one can never live up there. So why waste the tax payers money. The money can be better used else where. Stop It!

MC

To Robin Rutherford:

1) The Moon is NOT “another planet”. It’s a lifeless rock that orbits around a PLANET (Earth), therefore, it’s a MOON. Where do you think it got its name from? Don’t believe me? Go back to grade school and learn your planets. There are 8: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune (in that order, from the Sun going outwards away from it). Pluto unfortunately was de-classified from “planet” status to “dwarf planet” status a little while ago. Does that list include “Moon”?

However “Innocent”…I’ll give you that. The Moon didn’t do anything to us. Except cause tidal forces on our oceans and atmosphere, etc.

2) We’re NOT “bombing” it. Geez. Read my earlier post. It’s a big one. A couple of posts before yours. NO explosives were used. It was a scientific experiment. The closest approximation is taking a baseball and throwing it downward as hard as you can onto the dirt. The result is a little crater and lots of dirt flying up into the air. That’s the result NASA was after.

3) The money used to for this project actually helped fund jobs and services, pay for materials, bought stuff, etc. HERE IN THE U.S. Again, read my earlier post. The entire budget for NASA is less than 1% of all federal expenditures. Want to cry about money being wasted? Try the VAST amount of money being thrown into Iraq for the debacle that George Bush created. NONE of that money is helping anyone here in the U.S. It’s being used to “rebuild” a country Mr. Bush decided to destroy.

4) We’ve reaped a LOT of benefits from the space program over the years. Many of the great inventions that we take for granted every day came from NASA’s endeavors. This experiment, if it confirms water ice IS on the Moon, will be VERY significant in a number of ways.

So, stop being Chicken Little and start educating yourself before you fly off the handle and cry “the sky is falling.”

GERRY

MC… I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU…NASA KNOWS WHAT IT’S DOING!
MOST OF THE COMMENTS ARE FAR FETCHED. MY ONLY CONCERN IS THAT NASA HAS A “FREE CHECK” TO SPEND WITHOUT VOTER’S APPROVAL….THESE KIND OF DOLLAR AMOUNTS WOULD CERTAINLY HELP A LOT OF THE PROBLEMS WE ARE ENDURING HERE AT HOME…AND OUR TROOPS NEED MORE DOLLARS TO DO WHAT THEY ARE SET OUT TO DO.
GAB

zack

what are you talking about they crashed rockets into the moon at the rate of twice the speed of a bullet causing”

“Friday’s crash took place in two stages. First, a rocket weighing 2.2 tons collided with the moon at 9,000 kilometers per hour (5,600 miles per hour)”

here is a link http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,4778609,00.html?maca=en-rss-en-all-1573-rdf%2C00.html%3Fmaca%3Den-rss-en-all-1573-rdf&btnG=Google+Search&meta=&aq=f&oq=&fp=3297ab6c55cbe21d

was the same as 1.5 tonns of tnt

try learning a thing or two yourself instead of being a mouth for mind fuck america.

You the MAN bro!

zack

Oh yeah that was “To MC”

btw the moon isn’t a dead rock

Your a waste of space going on like that bro, you don’t even know who your backing

lakeraven

you are te frikin idiot my friend…
we’re talking about the water consumption of the satellite you dum low reading comprehension-less dude.
get a life.!

Aidan

The moon gets struck by meteors every week.
Stop freaking out,
1- This wont affect the moon in any way.
2- THERE IS NO LIFE ON THE MOON
3- They are funded no matter what, there job is to increase space exploration,
Not help a dog out of a tree.
4- You people are such idiots its not even funny.
Learn before you talk about how stupid America is,
When you are just making it look worse.

Robin Rutherford

I’m sooo upset about us shooting the moon! Its bad enuf to bomb countries…. but the moon???? We’ve already messed up our own planet. Now we are bombing an innocent planet. If there is life out there they are really gonna be pissed. What did the Moon do to us or anyone!!!! That was such a waste of money that should be used to help our economy, homeless, service animals for the disabled and returning vets. We don’t need to mess up another planet. We need to take care of our own.

lakeraven

we understand that mr. donuts.
we’re talking about playing with the structural well being of the satellite. reading comprehension 101.

MC

Will you clowns STOP saying we’re “bombing” the Moon? Geez…get an education. If you want the facts, go to nasa.gov, not the sensationalist news and blogs.

No explosives or even nuclear material was used. All NASA did was send a small section of an Atlas Centaur rocket, which had already expended all of its propulsion fuel, toward the Moon with scientific instruments aboard. This whole package, a little bit bigger than a school bus, was nothing more than an inert chunk of metal and electronics, was just sent to SLAM into the Moon’s surface using good old momentum and gravity. That’s it. It’s no different than the Navies of the world and other shipping services sinking their decommissioned ships to the surface of the ocean, only THAT process is really slow. At most, we’ve left a little crater and some debris on the Moon. I watched this impact through my 16″ telescope this morning and, in the context of the entire Moon, this was nothing. The Moon, as small as it may be compared to the Earth, is still a very big place. What happened there probably could have been contained within a football stadium.

Because the gravity on the Moon is far less than the gravity on the Earth, the material kicked up deep from under the surface splayed way up above the surface long enough for a second, smaller, device with scientific instruments to fly through that ejecta and gather data before it too slammed into the Moon. This is FAR more material to study from than all of the world’s Moon missions gathered combined. AND..it’s also the cheapest, safest (for humans) and most effective way for NASA to collect data of the surface composition to determine if there really is water ice on the Moon. If there is, that means a lot for future of space exploration. Think: water for a variety of purposes plus hydrogen for future space propulsion systems. Imagine: a base on the Moon from which future explorations to Mars, etc. can be made.

You want sensational stories about something getting blown up? Go see the IRAQ WAR, which has cost this country nearly a TRILLION dollars since it started and hasn’t helped Americans at home one iota (other than the warm fuzzy feeling that Saddam Hussein will never again hurt or bully anyone).

Katilynn

Who gives a crap if it won’t hurt the moon, something could happen, the moon is barely holding together as it is! On top of that it’s barely holding itself within our gravity!

Carmen Mills

NASA Bombing of the Moon: is nowhere safe from American Attack-positioned-as-Advancement?

NASA SPACE-BRAIN QUOTE: “….”We didn’t see a big splashy plume like we wanted to see….” UN-QUOTE.

So: are these NASA nuts freaks as well? What next can we expect from them?!!?

  1. Nuking the mineral-rich African Continent, then saying: “Gee! We didn’t see the huge glittery cloud of diamonds, gold and oil like we were really, really hoping to see!”

  2. Swallowing the global-stock of VIAGRA, then saying: “Awww…We didn’t see The Father of all Phalluses surge up and slap us on the forehead (…hopefully knocking-in some COMMON SENSE???….) like we really, really hoped it would!’

This project screams, not just bespeaks WISH-BONE THINKING of the egregiously stupid variety.

David Hiskiyahu

If they find no water on the Moon, no big deal.

With all the global warming going on on the earth, we will soon see a surplus of water on the Earth.

Then we will export some of the surplus water to the moon.
If there is still any spare water left, we might remember to send some to Africa and to the Middle East, they also need water.

Carmen Mills

NASA QUOTE: “….”We didn’t see a big splashy plume like we wanted to see….” UN-QUOTE.

Are these NASA nuts freaks as well? What next can we expect from them?!!?

  1. Nuking the mineral-rich African Continent, then saying: “Gee! We didn’t see the huge glittery cloud of diamonds, gold and oil like we were really, really hoping to see!”

  2. Swallowing the global-stock of VIAGRA, then saying: “Awww…We didn’t see The Father of all Phalluses surge up and slap us on the forehead (…hopefully knocking-in some COMMON SENSE???….) like we really, really hoped it would!’

This project screams, not just bespeaks WISH-BONE THINKING of the egregiously stupid variety.

lakeraven

BEWARE.. of moon water.
that would lead to a catastrophic destruction of our moon.
we would end up consuming great part of the satellites’ mass
and forcefully cause a non reversal path of destruction and perhaps,
if we’re still here, considerably degrade much of our harvesting here on earth.

zack

BEWARE OF MOON FARTS TOOO!!!! They stink much more and get trapped in your space suit.

David Hiskiyahu

I guess we will get a Nobel Prize for Peace for the act of bombing the moon.

At least, I hope that we found the hideout of Al Qaeda there.
I was told that there are no more terrorist left alive on the moon after that rocket.

A good shot!

Ricky

Sometimes in the next 100 years about half the world population has to die because there is not enough resources, mostly energy, to keep things going the way they are.

We NEED to find a way out. The moon has Helium 3 which is an isotope that can be used for a form of cold fusion. A steady source of Helium 3 would END (or postpone for many hundreds of years) the catastrophe that our children are about to endure because it is such a rich and clean source of energy.

But before we can start mining the moon for He3 we need to determine a strategy for having bases there, and finding out if there is water is crucial for this to happen.

But after watching the comments posted here I wonder if it is worth saving all these people.

Oh by the way, nothing happened to the moon.

-rrr

zack

Sometime in the next 100 years we will be a 100 years into the future. We need to destroy the moon because we destroy the earth.
There is potential that money can be derived from different aspects of the moon as well Hallo 3 is a very popular video game. We also need Ice’n’floats so we can have cold beer and the kids can have tasty icecream floats while we play halo 3.

If we bomb the moon, shake it and squeeze it we should get juice out of it and that damn penny that just wont fall. This will do nothing for the troubles of the earth, however it will make the richest of the rich a little bit richer. And if nothing else that at least sounds cool “Richest of the rich a little bit richer.” Rolls of the tounge so nice

If the entire planet played Halo 3 everything would be fine.
But before we play Halo 3 we have to have a plan as to who will play halo 3.

and after looking at how much ice cream we have for floats and the fact the people here didn’t say i’d like a float pretty please well i think its pointless and they can all die

I will survive though because i have secret super powers that ill be revealed making me indestructible. And although there is no such thing as god i will become as powerful as if there was.

Life is good:)

zack

i have to reply to you again
Helium 3 wont solve the earths problems for hundreds of years to come. Are you crazy or something? Whats your purpose and point? “Do whatever to the moon! Helium 3 save the earth!
I really hope you don’t believe that its like saying find the secret of caramilk and world peace will form.
The way to save our children is to stop the Mega Business, corporate way of doing things and take care of food supplies, drinking water, air etc. This saves the world not Helium 3 while we mine the moon.
Science is needed to help but not your science.
check yourself friend

Mike Damaj

LCROSS my ass, the Americans think they control the moon! They had enough bombs thrown on Iraq, Afghanistan and many areas too. What else left, American are getting greedy, they control more than 80% of the earth resources and here we go, they want to control the moon too, or they dropped a secret bomb. I urge America to play low and do not play ‘God’ because only one earthquake or volcano or something from God will destroy America within 5 minutes.

JanJan

ok, ok, just reflecting on the Kennedy family, remember them? A very large part of their popularity existed in people’s dreams..they somehow managed to manufacture dreams and the american people lived and breathed those dreams for some time..moon, dreams..is it starting to make sense..we need dreams to survive..water, survival? the whole planet is at war..we are want to survive..this collision with the moon is a symbol, but a symbol that has also a cause..thus, it is not a wasted event..it just is, like us..I’m signing out..
have a good weekend.

zack

yes and we should cut down every tree and destroy every lake because we need it to survive! Brilliant!

unkown

You know this is a waste of money they are going to bomb the moon and waste money when people in the military are having a heck of a time trying to do there job because there is no money for them to do it and why because the government is wasting there time spending money on send bombs to the moon witch is a big waste of money i know some people in the military who could us 79 million dollars to do there job which would you prefer to know if theres water on the moon or know that that money was spent on airplanes and equipment to keep this country safe um… i know which one i would choose im tired of this crap and now obama wins the nobel peice price what a joke

JanJan

Yes, I agree with Jacob. As much as the moon is loved by everyone here on earth..if this were not us today trying to “reach out and touch someone” it would be others from our planet. I’m thinking that NASA people have gentle hands, perhaps more than others would? And, facing facts, this just may be the beginning…who and what will be next?

zack

I agree i was Shocked to hear NASA did this
So i came here to express my shock and disgust. Shame on them!

Jacob

It strikes me that certain people WANT the world to end just so they don’t have to deal with their own problems (that only THEY can sort out) – as previous posters have stated, the moon is covered in craters caused by impacts from much bigger, denser objects (the solar system used to be a far unfriendlier place than it is now – there were rocks flying everywhere) & the moon didn’t crash into the earth or wander off then – there weren’t even any explosives aboard the “missile” – it relied on kinetic energy (ie/ it’s own velocity) alone to make the impact. It’s not going to do any harm whatsoever & it’s all in the name of progress – and if it weren’t for progress we’d have none of the mod cons we sadly take so much for for granted today – we’d still be in mud huts believing that the Earth was flat & that waving wild berries gathered by moonlight over someone’s head could cure the bubonic plague. Grow up, people.

zack

Did you know that the gravitational fields around planets such as Venice take huge meteors off the sure collision path with earth.
maybe we should clean our own water with the use of our science and leave outer space alone it has its own agenda and does quite fine without our 2 cents.

JanJan

I just want to thank everyone that has posted a comment today on this “whatever” is happening to the moon scenerio..I just remember Tom Hanks looking through the window and saying how beautiful the moon looks, and it may not be menstral related but it sure radiates female essence to me..thanks for a good Friday laugh ya all, the best to you and to my eternal friend the moon!

Steven

You people are paranoid idiots. It’s two-ton kinetic projectile, not a “bomb”. Have any of you ever LOOKED at the moon? See all those “holes” on it – those are called craters and they were created by impacts that were MUCH larger than the probe being dropped. Last time I checked the moon was doing alright and so was the earth.

zack

i bet you went around saying news bites like “Axis of Evil” and “Shock and Awe” “Weapons of Mass Destruction” “Smoking is Good For You”

How about this one “It’s not a Bomb its a two-ton Kinetic Projectile”
If only i had known sooner! I want a two-ton Kinetic projectile for Christmas it sounds soooo fun :)

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