NASA LCROSS Mission impacts moon, gets horrible video coverage.

Posted: October 9, 2009 in sci-fi, science
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I just watched the LCROSS Mission bomb the moon live on NASA TV. Wow! Pretty lame. They didn’t even show the explosion or the plume of dust that would show the evidence of water-ice on the lunar surface. I’m sure a better video will surface on youtube in an hour. Just a computer simulation and a camera getting closer and closer to the surface. No shot from space of a spectacular explosion of dust. No plume 30 miles high. They were too busy adjusting the infrared levels on their cameras. I hope a better video will surface. I’m sure one of the thousand independent obsevatories watching will upload one soon.

  1. Sully says:

    Ode to NASA’s LCROSS Mission

    At Cabeus did NASA geeks,
    A swifty Centaur rocket hurl,
    Where dust, and mayhap water reeks,
    ‘Pon craters numberless, and peaks,
    Under the cosmic whirl.

    Sent a metric ton of massy metal,
    To feel out lunar soil’s fettle.
    And also careful cameras set,
    To record impact on lunar rill,
    Ensure the wants of public met,
    Make time long record of the thrill,
    Assure sunny days for budget till.

    But, oh! When stopwatch ended countdown,
    To indicate the mighty crashdown,
    Appeared no hint of fiery flash down,
    There on Selene’s apparition.

    Were the cameras to be faulted,
    For missing flash on Moon assaulted?

    Or had some Lunar Politician,
    Told Ace, a junior lab technician,
    “Strip down that leftover techy thing,
    From building that new Saturn ring,
    Set a force field strong and watchful,
    To stop this arrogant man sent missile. ”

    “Include a grokking gizmo, Ace,
    To do that thing of the Martian race.
    Twist that racing Terran thing,
    Clear outa this here four D space.
    Enough of taking human guff!
    Teach those Earthlings right enough,
    That they’re not really red hot stuff!”

  2. alpinmack says:

    Wow… that was great! I love it. I think that must be what happened. I’ve seen video from Earthbound telescopes as well and no cloud of dust appears. Anyway, Great ode. Your prose is so much more than I expected at first. One sets one’s mind to doggerel so as not to be disappointed by lack of wit, or vocabulary. But you took an unspectacular event and made it shine. Very well done.

  3. Sully says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed it. Mostly I don’t put poetry out there because, as you implied, it’s easy to end up with some pretty lame stuff. But I liked this one, so I thought I would spread it around a bit.

  4. alpinmack says:

    Yeah, again great job. You just don’t find words like “rill” in modern conversation. I checked out your blog too. You have some interesting posts. I am more pro, than anti Obama, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate well thought out skepticism. You take the time to delve into the issues, rather than just calling him Hitler. I liked all the research you’ve done on healthcare too. I only have one post about it here:
    Please check it out as I know you would have some good feedback. Thanks again for stopping in.

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