Two LCROSS Lunar Impacting Events on Friday

OMSI To Show NASA LCROSS Impacting The Moon

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.

NASA Kicks Up Moon Dust at the Newseum

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.

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