Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite Impact Observation Teams Chosen

 Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in spring 2009.  Th  spacecraft will collide with the Moon in a permanently shadowed crater near one of the Moon’s poles in hopes of finding evidence of water ice.

Four teams haven been chosen to provide additional data and analysis about permanently shadowed craters to help researchers determine if water exists on the moon and in what form.

The selected proposals are:

– Accessing LCROSS Ejecta: Water Vapor and Particle Size and Composition from Keck, Gemini, and the IRFT Telescopes; principle investigator Eliot Young, Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo.

– LCROSS Lunar Plume Observations with the Apache Point Observatory; principle investigator Nancy Chanover, New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.

– Multi-spectral Imaging of the LCROSS Impact; principle investigator Marc Buie, Southwest Research Institute.

– Searching for Polar Water Ice During the LCROSS Impact Using the MMT Observatory; principle investigator Faith Vilas, University of Arizona in Tucson.

Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission http://www.nasa.gov/lcross

LCROSS Observation Campaign http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/observation.htm

NASA PRESS RELEASE : 09-013

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5 Responses to Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite Impact Observation Teams Chosen

  1. Bill Rico says:

    alright…here i go.

    with having the water filtration technology aboard the ISS and its proof of being a success, is it possible for astronauts to abstract the ice/H2o from the moons surface, transport it back to the inflatable/hardcover/hut/base (obviously)… and process the lunar H2o through the Filtration system that is used aboard the ISS??? maybe a few tweaks to its filter would help, so it can with take that slippery lunar dust? lol

    Is the water found on Mars going to be similar to the water found on the moon? ok, no one knows yet about H2o on the moon, but i want to hear a guesstimate!!!

    Love you guys

    • karenNSSshea says:

      It doesn’t matter if there is water ice on the poles of the Moon, exept for rocket fuel. There is enough Hydrogen in the lunar soil at the equator for lunar life support purposes. Half the Moon’s atoms are oxygen so just heat in a sealed environment and you get water.

  2. Bill Rico says:

    ok…now that i go and retract, i see i have asked a dumb question lol “Is the water found on Mars going to be similar to the water found on the moon?”…here is the answer i guess…H2o is H2o

    I guess what i really meant was…is the liquid found on mars going to similar to the liquid that is going to be retracted from the moon?…

    Ok now…don’t we want to sustain a habitat on the moon? wouldn’t the water on the moon accompany that? Urine and humidity can’t be enough(in my mind). but…your point on “half the moon’s atoms are oxygen and if applied with heat in a sealed environment…it shall create water” is totally valid…so i am in the wrong again (Hydrogen is water i guess…when cured properly)

    ok then…here comes the “bomb”. Why are they creating a lunar impact?
    lol i should stop whining now
    Peace and love!!!

    • karenNSSshea says:

      Why is NASA using an impact to see if there is water ice on the poles of the Moon.

      1. NASA is unable to see the abundance of lunar resources, so they feel it is important to find ice on the pole rather then take advantage of the solar wind implanted hydrogen at the equator.

      2. NASA is unable to value the Moon as a destination worth going to and developing in its own right and only considers the Moon of value as a gas station for other destinations.

      Hopefully, NASA will become enlightened and embrace lunar development as a doable and critical goal for the future of the species.

  3. Bill Rico says:

    understood

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