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The Search for Water on the Moon... Answered

On Friday Oct. 09th, 2009, NASA crashed a rocket into the moon, in order to determine the amount of ice it contains. 

This is as reported by Parade Magazine, on Sat. Oct. 10th, 2009.



I am not able to embed the video directly, but it can be viewed at the link above.

Further sources include:  CCTV
The L.A. Times
and
REDNET


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Koosie
Koosie

11 years ago

Wow, what an unbelievable waste of time and money. Please tell me what they intend to do if they find water there? 
Are they going to move their offices there?  Or bring the water back to solve water shortage?

If they want to venture into space, they should at least try finding (then exploring) a planet that can support human life.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

The idea is for a future moon base, supposedly....or maybe just to study the origin of water on earth.....or maybe because we hadn't, as yet,  Bombed the Moon !
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Koosie
Koosie

Reply 11 years ago

lol, Bush probably watched Armeggedon and thought it was a Weapon of Mass Destruction ;->

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

But.....Bush is no longer president....
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Koosie
Koosie

Reply 11 years ago

True, but I reckoned they must have started planning it a long time ago.

Unless Nasa officials woke up one morning and said: "Lets fire this at the moon! That should teach it a lesson!" only to be met with applause and cheer :-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Or maybe they woke one morning and the Air Force said to them, darn it, we've bombed every other place we can think of here, let's see how accurate we can be on the moon!!!!  Just in case we have to bomb someone there...... ;-)
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Koosie
Koosie

Reply 11 years ago

ROFL Lol lol lol ...
Now they're probably trying to figure out why they were so far off-target!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

If they had knocked it out of orbit so it plummeted to earth, it wouldn't matter WHO we blamed....
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lemonie
lemonie

11 years ago

Didn't kick up that much material either...
Nuke the moon!
Gerry Anderson...

L

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

11 years ago

 Aw, man! I every single time I forget about the interesting stuff that happens. Always ''remember to watch that meteor shower at the end of the month,'' then I always end up reading a forum about ''how awesome that meteor shower was last night.'' Same with the live webcam at the build nights. These things just slip my mind until the day or hour after! 

So tell me, was the 'splosion visible from Earth? That would have been neat to see, especially if NASA messed up and blew the moon in half! :P 

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V-Man737
V-Man737

Reply 11 years ago

Usually if a meteor shower was so awesome "last night," you'd still be able to catch some of it. They often last several nights, with the peak being (marginally) better than the other ones.

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Spl1nt3rC3ll
Spl1nt3rC3ll

Reply 11 years ago

 Unfortunately, the only thing I happened not to miss was 9/11.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

...anyways, I know what you mean.....I miss most of the meteor showers too  :-(
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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I don't think it was visible (with the naked eye anyways), and no, I am glad they didn't break it up......having that plummet to earth would not be a good thing ....
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aeromancy
aeromancy

11 years ago

I can see both sides of this. The scientific aspect is pretty valuable. If there is water, we may be able to set up a permanent moon base, which could help future space missions. On the other hand, was it really necessary to crash a rocket into the moon's surface? Couldn't they have taken  a less destructive (and costly) approach?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I would have though a retrievable rocket would have been more cost justifiable BUT then, maybe they just wanted to bomb the moon ?  *retc*
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Goodhart
Goodhart

11 years ago

I have heard comment that this was great, and also that it was a waste and could have fed so many people we allow to starve....any opinions?


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V-Man737
V-Man737

Reply 11 years ago

Question.
How did you publish this on October 12, and leave this comment on October 11?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Because I'm good ;-)     other then that explanation, I've got nothing....
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V-Man737
V-Man737

Reply 11 years ago

Think really hard.
Did you meet anyone within the past month named Theodore, or William? And did they play awesomely righteous air guitars?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I don't know anyone that plays any kind of guitar (although I once dabbled with an acoustic) but no, I don't know Bill nor Ted ;-).  However, I could have sworn I went to see a Doctor, but I don't remember WHO.