Friday, October 9, 2009

No plume, but a firehose of data from NASA moon bombing

Early this morning, NASA's LCROSS mission sent hardware crashing into a crater on the Moon's south pole in the hope that the debris plume would carry signs of water....The observatories that were able to image the event ranged from Arizona and New Mexico (Apache Point, Magdalena Ridge, and the Vatican Observatory), through California's Mount Wilson and Palomar sites, and included a lot of the best hardware in Hawaii, such as the Keck, Gemini, and Subaru telescopes. Watching from space were the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which was launched with LCROSS, and the newly refurbished Hubble Space Telescope. A few private satellites that normally do Earth imaging, IKONOS and GeoEye-1, were also redirected to the Moon for the event.

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