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Lunar Follies

by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
Just over a month ago, on October 9th, NASA successfully completed its Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission when a spacecraft crashed its payload into a permanently shadowed crater at the moon’s polar regions. Sent on a suicide mission, the unmanned LCROSS spacecraft investigated indications of water on the moon by colliding kamikaze-like into the lunar surface, sending up subsequent plumes of debris which have since been analyzed for signs of lunar water ice. Making a dent, we have started to sculpt extraterrestrial bodies. Recent events would seem to suggest that Stephen Kal... [more]
Posted by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer on 11/16/09