This morning at approximately 4:30 a.m. PDT the LCROSS (Lunar Crator Observation and Sensing Satellite) Centaur and Spacecraft impacted the moon, creating twin impacts on the moons surface.Â The reasoning, to search for water ice; scientists will analyze the data to see if indeed there is water ice on the moon.
NASA reported that the satellite traveled 5.6 million miles in a 113-day mission that ended in the Cabeus Crater, a permanently shadowed region near the moon's south pole. Anthony Colaprete, LCROSS principal investigator and project scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center said in the report, "The LCROSS science instruments worked exceedingly well and returned a wealth of data that will improve our understanding of our closets celestial neighbor."
Moving at a speed of more than 1.5 miles per second, the Canteur hit the lunar surface shortly after 4:30 this morning, October 9th; creating an impact that instruments across LCROSS observed for approximately four minutes.Â LCROSS impacted the surface at 4:36 a.m., approximately.
What an amazing day for science exploration.Â This is an impressive addition to the amazing knowledge about the moon.Â Today is a new day, a day that is unlike any other--imagine, all of NASA's recent budget cuts, that this team was able to complete this mission on their "lower cost" spacecraft. Truly is big science on a small budget.
The world is changing in many ways, Obama wins the U.S. Presidency and wins a Nobel Peace Prize, NASA makes a greater discovery about the moon, Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 summer Olympics, it is amazing to think how far our world has come in my two decades (a little over), imagine how my grandparents feel.
NASA is proud and excited about LCROSS and cannot wait to share the corraborated information with the world.
LCROSS EXPLAINED (video)