Archive for October 2009

A Universe From Nothing

LCROSS impact on Friday night

Looks like I’ll be out tomorrow night, but if you are at home, you may want to watch news of the LCROSS impact at about 11:31:19 GMT (19:31:19 Perth time). I usually follow these things on SpaceFlightNow and NASA TV. Also, the LCROSS Flight Director’s blog.

The LCROSS, as I understand it, is a mission to fire a large object at the surface of the moon. It is estimated the object will impact the moon at around 9000km/h and that approximately 150 tonnes of material will be dislodged from the moon’s surface. The aim is to scan the debris from orbit and determine the presence of water.

Seems like a brute-force way of doing science.