This image provided by NASA shows an image taken shortly after the Centaur rocket impacted the moon taken from the Lunar Crater Observation and
Sensing Satellite Friday morning Oct. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/NASA)
Post Impact Press Conference
Fri, 09 Oct 2009 02:07:26 PM UTC+0200
The LCROSS Centaur and Spacecraft impacted the moon at approximately 4:30 a.m. PDT. Scientists are reviewing the initial data and will report what
they know at a Post Impact News Conference at 7:00 a.m. PDT / 10:00 a.m. EDT on NASA TV.
Yep, no explosives involved, not even residue rocket fuel as this would have tampered with the results. I was expecting a Kinetic flash but the stream
was so stuttery im not too surprised noone at NASA saw anything.
there's also a video titled:
"My cat comments on the LCROSS impact"
There's an interesting article by Sky and Telescope, here's an excerpt:
"Mark, Centaur impact," called a flight director at NASA's Ames Research Center. The black shadow patch showed nothing — though the probe was
looking straight down onto it. The seconds ticked off. Still nothing but darkness. The same, apparently, in the colorful thermal-infrared images. Word
came that a thermal-infrared signal was detected. A few warm pixels seemed to pop in and out of view. More blankness. Then the signal went dead —
the probe had hit. The flight phase of the mission was over.
Astronomers at Palomar Observatory outside of San Diego report they
saw no evidence of an impact plume through the 200-inch Hale
Telescope. Outfitted with adaptive optics, the telescope has a
resolution of about 180 meters per pixel, according to Scott Kardel,
the observatory's public information coordinator.
1152 GMT (7:52 a.m. EDT)
I hope that someone somewhere has been able to catch something on camera.
I think it's rather pointless to speculate on the motives for "not giving a high-five". What's the chance that he was just a jackass? Nobody here
has worked with somebody like that before? Maybe he lost a wad of cash on a bet in a office pool? Who knows. We'll have to wait for the data to come
in before deciding whether or not the mission was a success.
So... a partial success?? No such thing. It's either a success or failure.
That's not how it works in science. Barring mechanical failures or calculation oversights, a failed mission can actually be both. When we build
predictable models, and an experiment fails to produce the expected results, the question must then be asked... why? What happened? Answering that
question can lead to new discoveries about our universe.
For instance, our entire model of oceanography and it's environment changed because of trying to answer the "why" question of failed predictions.
Finding the answer lead to new discoveries and at times stuff we had never even considered before. Robert Ballard of NOAA tells his tale how the
modern understanding of our oceans and our planet have transformed, just during his lifetime.
If it can be shown to be human error, mechanical error, or something similar. That would be true. If it's a problem with the predictive model - and
not our experiment - then it can be doorway to discovery in reworking our models to account for the new evidence.
Now if any kind of microbes are found on the Moon they can just say that it is from this incendent. I can think of a ton of reasons why this was
wrong... why would the president allow such things to go on with our tax dollars? wow!
Where are all the people who said that this would destroy the Moon? Some were just worried it would, others were certain. Or the people who truly
thought that the ET's that supposedly live there would stop it.
Don't you just love when people spout utter ignorance, telling everyone else they have it wrong and then suddenly disappear.
Wow, that actually makes a lot of sense Zorgon. I think this is just the type of thing they would need to pull the plug on the current "vision".
They already started with the commission saying we don't have enough money to do anything interesting in space, and now this.
Seems about right. Hype the thing and get every amature to look and then when nothing happens they say "Oh well nothing there after all."
The only kink in the plan would be that pesky Indian probe getting in the way. Oh well they've already started the damage control on that saying
it's really just a scientific oddity and not there in usefull quantities.
I'd bet money Obama is going to pull the plug on going back to the Moon or at the very least push it so far back that the next president can decide
to change his mind.
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