The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) will offer space exploration enthusiasts the opportunity to watch the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite(LCROSS) crash-land on the Moon Friday, October 9. The LCROSS will crash into the Moon in order to gather data from the 6-mile-high impact cloud it will create. OMSI will be showing the impact in the auditorium live via satellite on NASA TV beginning at 3:30 a.m., with the impact scheduled at 4:30 a.m. PDT. Admission for the televised impact is free.
The mission is called the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), and visitors can see it live on the Newseum’s 40-foot high-definition media screen located in The New York Times—Ochs-Sulzberger Great Hall of News.
At approximately 7:25 a.m., the first satellite is scheduled to crash into the moon, creating a crater and a cloud of dust and debris that will rise above the lunar surface.
At 7:30 a.m., the second satellite will fly through the debris — analyzing it and the lunar surface to determine the presence of hydrated minerals and potentially water — before it impacts the moon.
Doors open to the public at 6:30 a.m. The program starts at 7 a.m. Participants include Lori B. Garver, NASA deputy administrator; Jim Garvin, chief scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center; and Benjamin Neumann, director of NASA’s Advanced Capabilities Division.