Nasa prepares to bomb the moon

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    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sciencea...e/5566137/Nasa-prepares-to-bomb-the-moon.html
     
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    how long until the missile hits it? what date/time etc over here in aus?
     
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    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/main/index.html








     
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    Lets hope they target that freaky big tower those pesky aliens have built on the far side of the moon.

    Teach them to come to earth & probe us...sheeee's.:weirdo:
     
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    hope they wont get confused over the water coming from the explosion of the missile.

    seriously, americans, bombing everything in their path.
     
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    Watch Lunar Crater Observation Sensing Satellite, Part 2.

    The LCROSS will impact the moon by a Lunar Gravity-Assist, Lunar Return Orbit.

    Impact will be 2.5 km per second.

    http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/targeting.htm

    http://groups.google.com/group/lcross_observation/msg/58c86f61e6f054cf

    The launch date is now Thursday, June 18, at 5:12 p.m. EDT. Two additional launch opportunities are available at 5:22 p.m. and 5:32 p.m.

    So:
    Impact time will be 20:41:53 Australia/Melbourne time.

    http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/impact.htm
     
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    The Japanese have already crashed a probe into the moon (Kaguya), though i'm not sure it was into a permanently sunless cradle as the US is planning to
     
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    Wasn't it a mission over crash (Kaguya probe), not a Lunar Gravity-Assist, Lunar Return Orbit slam @ 2.5km per sec in an effort to study the contents of the plume resulting from the impact!

    50km high plume, its going to be a sight! Ill be looking to the moon that night, amateur telescope will hopefully do.
     
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    Kinda. It was the end of the mission and it crashed. But the crash itself was an experiment. I guess it was kinda like "well, its going to crash, we may as well get some use from it" as opposed to this US one which is designed for an impact (and flythrough of plume) though, and will yield huge amounts more data.
     
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    Impact Countdown Clock: http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/

    Video in link suggests a 10 - 12 inch telescope recommended to see the impact/plume.
     
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    thinking of that scene in the Time machine remake a few years ago where u see whats left of the moon floating in the sky :shock:

    i smell Dick Chaney with his finger on the button :D
     
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    "Do you really think it's a good idea to blow up the moon?"
    "Would you miss it?"


    "We're DOOOMED!"


    "That's no moon.. "


    Soooo many lines, so little time.

    I'm waiting for the Arachnos to spill out from the moon's chocolatey centre :p
     
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    since when was our moon a planet o_O
     
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    Yeah, great. Not satisfied with the war in the middle east, they're going after the spacemen as well.

    But seriously, what's the likelyhood of this causing a negative affect on the earth? I think it's pretty much non exsistant, as the actual impact couldn't generate enough energy to destabilise the moon's orbit or throw shit far enough to reach our atmosphere.
     
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    By some definitions, Luna is actually a planet, and Earth-Luna is a 2-planet system. This is because the orbit of the two are braided around the sun, the moon doesn't "loop" around the Earth. Looking from the POV of the sun, Luna doesn't reverse it's apparent direction as most other moons do. However, one of the requirements for a dual planet system is that the barycentre (the point about which the pair of objects rotate) of the system must lie at a point between the two objects, but outside the boundaries of both. The barycentre for Earth-Luna lies a couple of thousand km below the Earth's surface, and so most consider Luna to be a moon of the Earth. It's kinda hard to explain without piccies, I'll see if I can dig some up.

    EDIT: Actually, if you download Celestia you can graphically follow the orbits over time with trails showing the path, this is an excellent visual representation
     
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    its what americans do
    they blow shit up
     
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    Thought I should find the details.

    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=kaguya-moon-crash-seen-from-earth-2009-06


    4 000 mile/hour = 1.78816 kilometer/second http://www.onlineconversion.com/speed_all.htm


    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31214827/
     
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    I find it rather interesting, that the US think they can just can go and blow the shit out of the moon, without asking all the other countries if they're cool with this?

    I don't think I'd be giving it the thumbs up personally..
     
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    Totally agree... who the funk allows this stuff?
     

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