In the News: NASA Bombs the Moon Today

By: Tiffani Haynes

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The highly anticipated and publicized NASA moon bombing occurred early this morning. The first spacecraft hit the South Pole at approximately 7:31 a.m. on Friday searching for water.

The LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite) mission sent the two empty rockets to determine if the moon holds the billions of ice that NASA believes it has trapped beneath the surface.

The bombing was viewable from Earth and offered the West Coast the best view, specifically California and Hawaii. Yet many weren’t able to see the explosion as clearly as scientists had once proposed. Instead the process was filmed and has been circulating the Internet, though those images haven’t been very clear either.

According to the Associated Press, “NASA officials touted loads of data from the probe and telescopes around the world and in orbit. But the crash photos and videos they offered at a morning news conference were few and showed little more than a fuzzy white flash.”

Whether the 70-plus million dollar excursion was worth it is undetermined. NASA and the public are waiting to see.

For video of the moon bombing, visit


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