Tuesday, June 23, 2009

NASA Probe Beams Home New Images of the Moon

I know it's been a while since I blogged. But here we go again. Now this article is funny on two fronts. Read first then I will explain.

From Space.com:

A new NASA probe beamed down live images of the moon early Tuesday to reveal a stark surface littered with craters, as it flew toward a planned crash at the lunar south pole later this year.

The $79 million Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, launched toward the moon on June 18 and began sending images today at 8:20 a.m. EDT (1220 GMT).

LCROSS and an attached empty Centaur rocket stage swooped down near the lunar south pole and continued north along the far side of the moon. The spacecraft is getting into position to crash down on the surface on Oct. 9.

"I am staring at Mendeleev (Lat 5.7N, Lon 140.9E), a large ancient impact basin with uniform floor deposits," the spacecraft (or rather, NASA spokespeople writing as the spacecraft) posted on Twitter shortly after the flyby began.

Ok, first, we need to be building a lunar base on the moon, not crashing billion dollar space crafts into it's craters. Second, Twitter! Twitter! our tax payer dollars are going to Twitter! See, I thought all the hype about everyone on the planet Twetting and Twittering was an over statement of facts. But apparently not. lol

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