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08 October 2009 @ 11:37 pm
LCROSS Impacts Tomorrow!  
Tomorrow morning at 7:30am EDT, the upper stage of a Centaur rocket will impact upon a crater on the Moon's South Pole, creating a large plume of minerals... and hopefully water ice. The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will scan the plume and fly through it, sending data back to Earth as rapidly as possible.

Four minutes later, LCROSS itself will impact nearby, creating another plume.

The plumes will be visible from Earth, but you'll need a 10" diameter telescope or better to see them. Alternatively, you can watch the event live on NASA TV, which streams to the Web (or its own cable channel, depending on your provider's lineup). Take a look at NASA's LCROSS Viewer's Guide for more details.

There will probably be videos on YouTube after the fact, as well... I'll try to remember to snag one and post it here after I get home from work.

Enjoy!
 
 
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