Water found on the Moon and Impact Crater Changed: NASA’s instrument aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft shows evidence of water marked in blue on map. India is proud of Chandraayan’s contribution to finding evidence of water molecules on the moon?
Brown University’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper, the NASA’s Deep Impact Probe and the geriatric Cassini that together they found water. NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission (LCROSS) has shifted the target crater from Cabeus A to Cabeus (proper at 84.90°S 35.50°W). The general consensus of lunar experts is that Cabeus shows the highest hydrogen concentrations at the south pole.
The LCROSS mission operations team is rehearsing critical maneuvers.
NASA is scheduled to impact the Centaur on the moon on October 9, 2009. The team is practicing Trajectory Correction Maneuver (TCM) 10 through the Shepherding Spacecraft Braking Burn. TCM 10 is the final opportunity for LCROSS mission operations to refine the targeting accuracy of the Centaur impactor. After the burn, the spacecraft will release the Centaur and conduct a 180° turn to point the spacecraft’s instruments at the Centaur and the moon. On impact night, once these maneuvers are complete, the team will concentrate on collecting data from the Centaur impact and relaying it back to Earth before the LCROSS spacecraft also impacts the surface.
The models show a small valley in an otherwise tall Cabeus perimeter ridge, which will allow for sunlight to illuminate the ejecta cloud much sooner than previously estimated for Cabeus A. While the ejecta does have to fly to higher elevations to be observed by Earth assets, a shadow cast by a large hill along the Cabeus ridge, provides an excellent, high-contrast, back drop for ejecta and vapor measurements.
Someone Else is on the Moon and May Oppose Impacting the Moon
Richard Buchli D.V.M. writes, “Google Earth’s shows a Amundsen Crater Moon structure from NASA and JAXA satellites at 83 18’32.12 S 71 05’34.84 E above. I have sent you pictures of five subsurface building locations I have located. I have been researching the NASA, ASU, JAXA images on the Moon over 10 hours today and anticipate being able to send you a whole fleet in the future. Google Earth/Moon streams show a series of newly released structures and craft on the Moon. Thanks to Richard Buchli D.V.M. and Dorothy Buchli W.B.W.
Editor’s Note: To find the images these images for yourself. Go to download Google Earth; then Look under View, Then hit Explore, and click the Moon and put in the coordinates that are above.