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FanWriter45 06-11-2009 05:21 AM

Lunar probe impact
 
Last night a lunar probe was deliberately crashed into the Moon's south pole at about 2:15 am GMT. Currently, some of the various astronomy sites are carrying photos, both from professinal observatories and well equipped amaturs. Maybe we could post a few of them here? (Please check for copyright, before copy/pasting anything.)

Star Trek Viewer 06-11-2009 06:36 AM

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Originally Posted by FanWriter45 (Post 218240)
Last night a lunar probe was deliberately crashed into the Moon's south pole at about 2:15 am GMT. Currently, some of the various astronomy sites are carrying photos, both from professinal observatories and well equipped amaturs. Maybe we could post a few of them here? (Please check for copyright, before copy/pasting anything.)

Was it the probe from India? :)

Zardoz 06-11-2009 07:08 AM

Was the probe a danger to us? IS thay why it was done?

FanWriter45 06-11-2009 10:33 AM

No. It was the Kaguya probe, which was from Japan.

The probe was of no danger to us. It was just coming to the end of it's life, so they smashed it into the Moon's south pole as a final experiment. Thanks to the still orbiting portion of the mission, they are going to be able to examine the composition of the lunar surface, and tell us a great deal about the formation of impact craters. They'll also be looking for evidence of sub-surface ice. You may remember we did something similar by smashing a probe into a comet a couple of years ago...

Zardoz 06-11-2009 10:35 AM

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Originally Posted by FanWriter45 (Post 218555)
No. It was the Kaguya probe, which was from Japan.

The probe was of no danger to us. It was just coming to the end of it's life, so they smashed it into the Moon's south pole as a final experiment. Thanks to the still orbiting portion of the mission, they are going to be able to examine the composition of the lunar surface, and tell us a great deal about the formation of impact craters. They'll also be looking for evidence of sub-surface ice. You may remember we did something similar by smashing a probe into a comet a couple of years ago...

I'm sure they'll move it before building Lake Armstrong on the moon.:D

FanWriter45 06-11-2009 10:40 AM

Move what? The probe was vaporized on impact. (It was REALLY moving!)

Zardoz 06-11-2009 12:55 PM

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Originally Posted by FanWriter45 (Post 218564)
Move what? The probe was vaporized on impact. (It was REALLY moving!)

Saves on cleanup!:thumbup:

kevin 06-11-2009 01:09 PM

So Deanna Troi was not involved? :lol::lol:

(wipes brow), phew, that's a relief!

Zardoz 06-11-2009 01:10 PM

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Originally Posted by kevin (Post 218705)
So Deanna Troi was not involved? :lol::lol:

(wipes brow), phew, that's a relief!

*RIM SHOT*:D

That Metal Beastie 06-12-2009 03:38 PM

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Originally Posted by kevin (Post 218705)
So Deanna Troi was not involved? :lol::lol:

L.O.L.!!:lol::lol:


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