We’re going to bomb the moon. No sanctions, no provocations, no declarations of war, no Code Pink protestors. We’re bombing the moon because NASA’s LCROSS mission is to actually search for water in space! Now, how cool is that?

Lunar Impact

Right Pundits has all the details on how you can watch NASA bomb the moon on October 9, 2009 in a very cool mission which is to search for water in space. We also have a nifty video simulation and pictures of the Moon bombing that will give you a preview of what you can expect to happen.

NASA’s LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite) mission is to send a booster rocket traveling at twice the speed of a bullet to blast a hole in the lunar surface near the moon’s South pole looking to see if there is ice mixed in the soil of the crater’s floor. Scientists think there may be billions of gallons of it, but so far they haven’t been able to prove it.

So the NASA moon missile will smash into the moon at 5,600 miles per hour. It’s expected to make a crater about 60 feet across — and send 350 tons of rock and moon dust flying in all directions, creating a plume several miles high. If there is ice mixed in, a small satellite, flying on the same path less than 400 miles behind the rocket, should be able to detect it before it crashes too, about four minutes later. Isn’t that awesome?

According to the scientists at NASA, they expect the moon missile blast to be so large that it can be seen from earth through telescopes 10-to-12 inches long, or larger. And here is the good news: any place west of the Mississippi River is a potential observing site, with Hawaii and Pacific coast states the best places to watch the impact. Yay me!

Here are details you want to know about the LCROSS mission and how to watch NASA bomb the moon.

NASA says the actual bombing of the moon will occur early in the morning on October 9. You can get the official NASA viewer’s guide here.

You can watch a live TV broadcast of the LCROSS mission on NASA TV at nasa.gov, which is scheduled to start streaming at 6:15 am EDT/3:15 am PDT on October 9 so set your alarm clocks because this is going to be cool. The first hour will include commentary and status reports. The actual impact should start at 7:30 am EDT/4:30 am PDT.

You can also get real-time updates, by following the LCROSS mission on Twitter here or on Facebook here.

And finally, find updates of the Lunar Impact of Nasa’s Moon Bombing, on the official LCROSS flight director’s blog here.

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