Ice on (or “in”, rather) the Moon
On Friday morning on Oct. 9, 2009, NASA’s Centaur rocket delivered a blow onto Cabeus, a two-mile-deep crater on the moon’s south pole. The mission was captured and documented with some shaky real-time footage by NASA’s Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) . The $79 million dollar mission was funded by NASA as a hopeful attempt to find ice below the moon’s surface, indicating the possibility of a future water resource. NASA says one hope behind the presence of water is to mitigate costs of space travel by eliminating the need to carry large quantities water from earth. In short, a space oasis. The video below shows the launch of the Atlas 5 Centaur rocket from its launch pad, its calculated route and target, and the locations and names of U.S. observation teams. The images above show Charles “Pete” Conrad and Alan L. Bean on their Nov. 14, 1969 Apollo 12 man mission on the moon.
For a few fun moments of procrastination-exploration of the moon, check out Google Moon, launched by Google on July 20, 2005.
Is the U.S. the only country in space? Check out NASA’s list of other countries’ explorations in space.