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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.
Originally posted by questioningall
Watched it - doesn't seem anything happened.
Even the NASA people discussing it right now - seem a little confused, if something actually happened.
Saw dust when the craft hit - but saw nothing from a bomb!
Did something stop it?
"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)
So... a partial success?? No such thing. It's either a success or failure.