19 Jun 2009

NASA launches mission to bomb the Moon

There are no aliens up there, as far as we know, but NASA is preparing to bomb the moon. A space mission blasted off from Cape Canaveral today carrying a missile that will fire a hole deep in the lunar surface, The Daily Telegraph reported.
The unmanned Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission (LCROSS) will fire a Centaur rocket into the surface at twice the speed of a bullet.
The aim is to see whether any traces of water or vapour will be revealed by the disruption caused to the surface. Scientists expect the impact to blast out a huge cloud of dust, gas and vaporised water ice at least 13km high - making it visible from Earth. News.com.au