Friday, October 9, 2009

No Moon Crash Photos???

NASA photo


No good photos of the crash plume are available.

Click here for a good article on just this occurrence, or non-occurrence, from Yahoo News.

Might be an interesting discussion with your students about the unexpected results of an experiment. How we all make assumptions and then wonder what happened when it doesn't work out that way. How this is actually how many important scientific discoveries occur. Not in a planned experiment, but in the ANOMALY that shows us the truth.

NASA Probe crashes into Moon!!!

On purpose!

And Why? "NASA hopes the impact will kick up enough dust to help the LCROSS probe find the presence of water in the moon's soil." --CNN Report

And Why does that matter? "NASA has said it believes water on the moon could be a valuable resource in the agency's quest to explore the solar system."--CNN Report.

While your students were still sleeping or standing on the corner waiting for their bus, the Great Moon Bombing occurred. Scientists across the country, both amateur and professional, watched the live action.

Here's a NASA animation:

Here's a video that shows before, during, and after impact. No really good photos yet. Hoping to find some later today:

Click here
for the latest news reports.

Click here for the LCROSS page at NASA's site.

What fun!