Thursday, October 8, 2009

LCROSS Mission



Today NASA is going to conduct an interesting experiment to study the presence of water ice in lunar surface. In the experiment a Centaur rocket will first impact the moon surface near its south pole. The impact will create debris plume. The LCROSS(Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite) will fly through the debris plume and collect data. The data will be streamed to the mission operations for analysis. After 4 minutes the LCROSS will also impact the lunar surface creating a second debris plume.
The experiment enables the scientists to observe soil beneath the lunar surface. NASA TV is doing a live broadcast of the experiment and the impact can be observed via telescopes too.
For details you can read the post on NASA Blogs.

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