IN SEARCH OF WATER, NASA PREPARES TO BOMB THE MOON

(FILES): This NASA file handout image taken by the Galileo spacecraft shows the Moon. NASA is preparing a violent return to the moon on Friday, October 9, 2009 as part of a mission to send a satellite and a rocket booster crashing into the planet’s surface to look for water.
Conspiracy theories aside — a ‚do not bomb the moon’ website is already campaigning against the move — there is no actual bomb, but the US space agency’s LCROSS satellite and heavier Centaur upper-stage rocket will still leave huge impact sites where NASA hopes to find evidence of water or ice. At 1130 GMT, the rocket and four minutes later the spacecraft will separately race into the moon at 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) per hour to kick up approximately 6.2 miles (10 km) of lunar dirt from the Cabeus crater floor near the planet’s south pole. AFP PHOTO / NASA / JPL == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE ==

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