Friday morning’s impact of a NASA module on the surface of the moon was captured on several different devices to produce multiple views of the event, which could change the way scientists look at the moon.
NASA map of “candidate craters” for the LCROSS impact And NASA TV wasted no time getting the moving images of the impact up on its channel and Website.
Excited NASA officials on NASA TV, speaking from locations including at a special event at the Newseum, spoke of the enormous amount of data the experiment obtained from several Earth and orbital stations. “This is NASA at its very best,” said one official.
No longer will scientists look at the moon as a desolate, unchanging place, but as a dynamic body changing over time and with plenty of secrets yet to reveal, NASA said. It remained to be seen if the mission would show evidence of water on the moon.
Some reporters at a NASA press conference were disappointed by the lack of a major debris cloud or other obvious visual sign of the impact beyond a crater that looked small on the released video clips. NASA officials said Friday morning that more answers would be forthcoming but that the data, including spectromtry, would be studied for a long time ahead.
A animated view of the expected impact is here.
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