Mission is aimed at exposing water that may be below the surface
By ASHA BEH and GREG WILSON
NASA's going for full impact Friday, firing a bomb-laden missile at the moon in a dramatic search for water.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is sending its Lunar CRater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) on a mission to fire a missile into the south pole of the moon that is twice the speed of a bullet.
The guided rocket will crash into the moon's surface creating a blast powerful enough to a huge plume of dust and debris. The spacecraft following closely behind will then take pictures and analyze the debris kicked up after the impact.
If you've got a 10-to-12-inch diameter telescope you'll be able to see the debris cloud created by the missile's impact. NASA predicts the impact will visible at 7:30 a.m. EDT on Friday morning.