NASA Friday reported that, as planned, the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), broke apart and crashed into the lunar surface at 1.5 miles per second, causing twin impacts. The point was to create craters and raise dust clouds in an effort to determine whether the moon hosts sources of water stored in the form of ice.”The LCROSS science instruments worked exceedingly well and returned a wealth of data that will greatly improve our understanding of our closest celestial neighbor,” said LCROSS principal investigator and NASA Ames Research Center project manager Anthony Colaprete, in a statement.NASA scientists will study information from the mission over the coming weeks to see if it holds evidence of lunar ice and water. “The team is excited to dive into data,” said Colaprete.
By the way,the commom man on the street, who expected some ‘Deep Impact’ style explosions and fireworks on the moon was totally disappointed,as the much hyped mission didn’t result in any visual extravaganza.
Caption : image provided by NASA shows an image taken shortly after the Centaur rocket impacted the moon taken from the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite Friday morning Oct. 9, 2009. (AP Photo/NASA)
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