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Old 06-11-2009, 05:21 AM
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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.)
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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?
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Was the probe a danger to us? IS thay why it was done?
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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...
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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.
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Move what? The probe was vaporized on impact. (It was REALLY moving!)
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Move what? The probe was vaporized on impact. (It was REALLY moving!)
Saves on cleanup!
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So Deanna Troi was not involved?

(wipes brow), phew, that's a relief!
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So Deanna Troi was not involved?

(wipes brow), phew, that's a relief!
*RIM SHOT*
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So Deanna Troi was not involved?
L.O.L.!!
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