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LCROSS Viewer's Guide
The impact site is crater Cabeus near the Moon's south pole. NASA is guiding the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite ("LCROSS" for short) and its Centaur booster rocket into the crater's floor for a spectacular double-impact designed to "unearth" signs of lunar water.
The actual impacts commence at 4:30 am PDT (11:30 UT). The Centaur rocket will strike first, transforming 2200 kg of mass and 10 billion joules of kinetic energy into a blinding flash of heat and light. Researchers expect the impact to throw up a plume of debris as high as 10 km.

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U Of L To Host Moon Satellite Crash Viewing
The satellite will create a 30-mile-wide crater and the resulting dust cloud will be scanned with a spectrometer for signs of water.


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Subset of uncalibrated LROC NAC frame M104447576R showing Vallis Lorca, one of four lobes that make up Aratus CA in western Mare Serenitatis near the Montes Apennius. The Sun is shining from the lower left, image width is 1924 metres [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
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Moon crash will create 10-kilometre plume of dust as Nasa searches for water
When the 2.4-tonne Centaur hits at 12.31pm BST, at a speed of 2.5km per second, it will throw up a plume of debris 10km high.


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An extraordinary event in space research is scheduled to take place in the early morning hours of October 9th as NASA's LCROSS mission comes to its dramatic conclusion.

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Moon-smashing probe aims for new target crater
NASA's LCROSS spacecraft, which is set to collide with the moon next week, has switched its targeted impact site to a different crater to boost its chance of finding water ice.


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Scientists have picked a new target for the planned 9 October crash of a NASA spacecraft into a crater near the Moon's south pole.
The Lunar Crater Remote Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will now plough into Cabeus, a 100-kilometre-wide crater, in the hopes of kicking up some ice along with the rock and dust of the lunar soil. This is a switch from the previous target, Cabeus A, a crater half as wide that sits further from the south pole.

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Lunar impact probe due to hit Cabeus A site
NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite is due to hit the surface of the Moon at a dark depression believed to harbour ice. NASA says the crash should be visible from Earth with a good amateur telescope.


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Credit: B.Grieger, B.H. Foing & ESA/SMART-1/ AMIE team


Image of the Cabeus A crater taken by the SMART-1 orbiter.

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