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Originally posted by darkbluesky
Another possibility here is that NASA is trying to destroy evidence before someone else gets a chance to see it...
The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will purposely impact the Moon near the pole to kick up a huge plume of material. This will be analyzed for the presence of water and other water-bearing compounds. The LCROSS mission will use the spent Earth departure upper stage (EDUS) of the launch vehicle and a small shepherding satellite to guide the EDUS to the Moon. LCROSS will blast the permanently dark floor of one of the Moon’s polar craters with the EDUS early in 2009 to test the theory that ancient ice lies buried there.
Originally posted by Kr0n0s
I honestly cant believe that we havent done or at least attempted this in the past. Seriously though, some of those "impact craters" look like they could be H-Bomb craters. from the recent or possibly the very distant past.
[edit on 26-1-2007 by Kr0n0s]
Originally posted by whos_out_there
IMHO i think they should leave that damn rock alone and stop tinkering with earths nature.
What are they gonna do if the moon breaks apart?
Will it cause total mayhem here on earth??
Wouldn't that be like tossin' a pebble at the hornets nest?
Originally posted by greerISaFraud
Just doesn't sound like a logical approach, but then again, I am no expert.
The Ranger program was a series of unmanned space missions by the United States in the 1960s whose objective was to obtain the first close-up images of the surface of the Moon. The Ranger spacecraft were designed to collide with the lunar surface, returning imagery until they were destroyed upon impact.
Ranger 4 had a perfect launch, but the spacecraft was completely disabled. The project team tracked the seismometer capsule to impact just out of sight on the lunar far side...
Ranger 6, launched 30 January 1964, lunar probe, impact, cameras failed
31 July 1999 at 9:52:02 UT (5:52:02 EDT) when Lunar Prospector was deliberately targeted to impact in a permanently shadowed area of the Shoemaker crater near the lunar south pole
Originally posted by FlyersFan
It's just research. NASA slammed into a comet recently to gain info. They are doing the same thing now. We have to do the research now in order to best prepare for the upcoming lunar base we are going to build.
[edit on 1/29/2007 by FlyersFan]