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LCROSS, on the other hand, will guide an empty upper stage on a collision course with a permanently shaded crater in an effort to kick up evidence of water at the moon's poles. LCROSS itself will also impact the lunar surface during its course of study.
LCROSS and the Centaur rocket will stay attached for the next four months. They will then separate and be directed to impact the moon on Oct. 9, UTC.
Originally posted by libertytoall
The timing is no accident. Kinetic weapons are the weapons of the future. Rumsfelds long term plans are space drones in orbit that can land, refuel, reload, and fly for months in orbit waiting to be assigned a target.
From a 2007 National Defense Magazine article
Just like the Air Force, the Army and the CIA, the Navy soon could be deploying its own armed drones.
To that end, the Navy will request funds in fiscal year 2010 to begin outfitting its new surveillance drone with kinetic weapons.
An unidentified flying object was seen crashing into a mountain in central Queensland this morning.
According to the The Courier Mail newspaper, witnesses saw "a bright flash and explosion" leading to speculation it could have been a meteorite or space junk.
Originally posted by rickyrrr
Originally posted by Viper0hr
ok, now what happens if this throws the moon out of earths grav. pull???? That's not a good idea...Why not send people there and drill? It's right outside our door pretty much.
OMG, what if!!!!!! let's send people with a drill... I think the problem is we don't have extension cords long enough to plug the drill.
Seriously, do you know how heavy the moon is compared to the projectile? this is like having a fly smack on the windshield of a semi. the driver won't even notice.