Monday, October 5, 2009

NASA Bombs Moon

This friday, October 9th, NASA will bomb the SOuth Pole of the Moon
on a mission to find water.
The LCROSS spacecraft will guide an empty centaur rocket into the crater Cabeus
(the crater with the greatest amount of Hydrogen).
Crashing the 2 - tons object will create a wider crater.

Scientists expect the impact will cause a huge cloud of dust,
gas and vaporized water that will be clearly visible from Earth
observatories and telescopes.

Impact scheduled to be at 11:30 am LONDON - 5:30 am MEXICO CITY.

Astronomers have been thinking the rain of comets brought water to the moon.
In the past 2 years 2 American spacecrafts have reported hints of hydrogen and oxygen.
Finding water would be great news for the NASA, it would mean unlimited fuel for any
future moon base.
Seeking a source of fuel has been a high-priority mission for the NASA, following
ex-President George W. Bush's "vision for space exploration" who said would
start with "a foothold on the moon."

The U.N. Outer Space Treaty prohibits non-peaceful activities on the moon.
Article IV states, “The moon and other celestial bodies shall be used by all
States Parties to the Treaty exclusively for peaceful purposes. The establishment
of military bases, installations and fortifications, the testing of any type of weapons
and the conduct of military manoeuvres on celestial bodies shall be forbidden.”

Pete Worden, director of NASA’s Ames Centre has been receiving tweets to stop the moon bombing.

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