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LCROSS Lunar Impact
MahFL
post Oct 9 2009, 12:39 PM
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I would say it's a safe bet if water is found in a shadowed crater, it's a common thing that could be found in ALL solar systems.
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post Oct 9 2009, 12:40 PM
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For anyone interested, there is an archived version of NASA TV's coverage here.

It's 109mb, I'm downloading it now and will try to put together an edited version of the last few minutes before and after Centaur and LCROSS impact.
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post Oct 9 2009, 12:41 PM
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NASA news conference at 10 AM EDT
They've got some 'splaining to do. laugh.gif


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post Oct 9 2009, 12:51 PM
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Maybe they impacted a lunar bog ?
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post Oct 9 2009, 12:53 PM
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Quote David Morrison, Director of NASA's Lunar Science Institute"I think we're all a little bit disappointed that we didn't see anything, but 90% of the data has not yet been seen."
http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1795...-into-moon.html


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post Oct 9 2009, 01:00 PM
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May be it was a splash, not a kaboum: this has to be liquid water


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post Oct 9 2009, 01:09 PM
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http://www.mmto.org/lcross/

Go here for streamimg video from MMT possibly showing the impact plume. But Palomar reportedly saw nothing.

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post Oct 9 2009, 01:25 PM
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Nothing from Lick
http://www.universetoday.com/2009/10/09/lc...e-data-pending/


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post Oct 9 2009, 01:33 PM
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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Oct 9 2009, 06:09 AM) *
...Go here for streamimg video from MMT...

I saw something on Twitter indicating MMT was out of focus so no useful data was gathered? ...but that's Twitter and could possibly be wrong rolleyes.gif


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post Oct 9 2009, 01:34 PM
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I was watching MMT and the closeup did seem a bit blurry. The other view seemed ok.
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post Oct 9 2009, 01:40 PM
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QUOTE (Hungry4info @ Oct 9 2009, 02:25 PM) *

I just stacked a few of their frames and can see a bit fat nothing. Which is good, right? smile.gif

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post Oct 9 2009, 01:44 PM
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Maybe they missed the target;)
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post Oct 9 2009, 01:52 PM
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Somewhere way back, someone had posted an animated GIF showing a lunar impact as seen through a telescope. There was a tiny flash (you could almost imagine it going "piff").

I'd assumed that vaporizing a football field worth of lunar regolith would've made a bigger flash and a sunlit dust plume.

Guess not....


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post Oct 9 2009, 01:56 PM
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I was somewhat bemused by the confusion over the commanding being given to the Flight Director in the final 60 seconds before Centaur impact, to change a setting on the NIR instrument. "Was that November IR?" How much time was lost in that communication? Hopefully it didn't affect the collection of data. Just shows the unintended consequences of having two instruments with similar sounding acronyms, NIR and MIR.


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post Oct 9 2009, 01:59 PM
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Going back over the video, there was something in the infrared images that caught my eye.
I've taken 4 frames and put them in an animated gif.
Attached Image


You can see, almost in the middle here a small dot appear. Bright at the centre and a darker blue around it.
It may just be "noise", but it happens and in the audio on the TV coverage just a moment later they announce Centaur impact.

Not claiming anything here, just pointing it out. I suppose we'll know any minute now as the Press Conference is about to start.
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