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LCROSS crashes into the Moon

9 Oct 2009, 11:55 UTC
LCROSS crashes into the Moon
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LCROSS has just crashed into Cabeus crater on the Moon four minutes after the Centaur upper stage crashed, too. During the four minutes, LCROSS observed the plume that the upper stage kicked up and hopefully getting data that confirms the existence of water. The spacecraft had separated from the Centaur upper stage almost [...]

The Moon as LCROSS closes in
LCROSS has just crashed into Cabeus crater on the Moon four minutes after the Centaur upper stage crashed, too. During the four minutes, LCROSS observed the plume that the upper stage kicked up and hopefully getting data that confirms the existence of water. The spacecraft had separated from the Centaur upper stage almost ten hours previously, after which they traveled almost 10,000 kilometers before reaching the Moon. NASA TV had just broadcast the impact live, and it’s impressive how much media attention the LCROSS impact has grabbed. I had thought only space enthusiasts such as myself would have paid any attention to it.

LCROSS was launched in June along with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Its origin is rather interesting: the rocket purchased for launching the LRO had some lift capability left over, so LCROSS was created on the cheap to ...

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