NASA to Bomb the Moon to Search for Water

October 6, 2009

(ChattahBox)—NASA plans to launch a powerful missile aimed directly at the South pole of the moon with the goal of blasting a hole in the lunar surface. Space scientists believe the blast would break up any lunar ice trapped underneath, propelling it above the moon’s surface, allowing NASA to detect the water molecules.

The search for water and other natural resources in space has long been a goal of space exploration. And finding sources of water on the moon would make future lunar missions easier and less costly, if there is no need to transport water from Earth.

The Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite or LCROSS mission will send a missile traveling at twice the speed of a bullet to blast a hole in the lunar surface of the moon on Friday.

The missile will impact the lunar surface at the crater Cabeus A, located on the moon’s South pole, where scientists believe there may be billions of tons of trapped ice.

Scientists expect the impact of the powerful Centaur rocket would release a huge plume of moon dust and debris. The moon dust blast should be large enough for amateur scientists to view from Earth through telescopes 10-to-12 inches and larger, says NASA.

The dramatic LCROSS mission to bomb the moon will be broadcast on a Live NASA TV Broadcast, which will start at 6:15 a.m. EDT/3:15 a.m. PDT on October 9, 2009.

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88 Responses to “NASA to Bomb the Moon to Search for Water”

  1. Distance on October 8th, 2009 9:37 pm

    You guys are all idiots and I will see you next year…and again in 2013. This much like 12-12-12 will mean nothing. Don’t get me wrong its fucking NASA; but on the other hand its blowing shit up. So NASA sucks…but we do have a lot of experience blowing shit up so I think we will be fine. If not oh well it was a good run and there is nothing we can do to stop it. One last not to the person that said something to the effect of “we could be sent out to wonder space or even worse the sun” I’ll take the sun at least we would burn up quickly rather than freezing potentially slower. Earth is perfect for life because we are perfect for earth. Change the temperature as little as 50 degrees up or down we all die. Good luck hording bottled water and building a fall out shelter. I will be watching it from my tail gate.

  2. eve on October 8th, 2009 9:56 pm

    GOD IS WHO SUPPOSED TO DESTROY THIS WORLD…………..NOT THE HUMAN, AND THATS WHAT THERE GONNA DO WITH THERE IDEA OF BOMBING THE MOON, ARE THEY CRAZY……OH MAN I WISH THIS WAS A JOKE, CANT OBAMA STOP THIS ??

  3. Patricia on October 8th, 2009 10:15 pm

    We, mankind, have already proven that we are good at this: destruction. Pride will accelerate this process. As always, when we learn when to stop, it is going to be too late.
    Since any outcome will affect the whole world, it should be part of their protocol to get our opinion before they make these daft plans.
    NASA PEOPLE, READ ALL THESE COMMENTS!!!!
    Why don’t they use all the money wasted in it to feed starving people or to provide for the needed, or to stop damages here, in our “home” Earth? Right here in the US, there are lots of people in need with this financial crisis… they want to explode the moon just to prove there is water, and therefore, there is a chance of life in the future, after we destroy everything here, like parasites.

  4. Becky on October 8th, 2009 10:51 pm

    Okay if we plan on doing this…what happens when the moon blows up! and then we all start floating around like astrounates!! ur crazy NASA!

  5. rosepetal on October 9th, 2009 12:38 am

    DO NOT DO IT! THIS IS HORRIBLE!!!! Do not Hurt La Luna!!!!

  6. j3n on October 9th, 2009 1:09 am

    i think that we all seriously need to hope for the best because their obviously going to bomb the moon with or without our consent and we have to have faith that nothing is going to go wrong

    i hope all goes well and hope we can all enjoy another beautiful day

    GOOD LUCK NASA

  7. Curiosity on October 9th, 2009 1:45 am

    Who knows, maybe this is part of the master plan to throw the moon’s orbit a little off to help us get rid or deviate the meteor that is on the way to crash into earth. It is on it’s way I think about 800 years or so. I am confident that Nasa’s scientist studied the effects of colliding/bombing the moon before attempting it and planning it. They live here too you know, hopefully they studied it… If not then I will be glad to meet you all at a bar and get something really strong to drink.

  8. Curiosity on October 9th, 2009 1:52 am

    By the way I was being a bit sarcastic, but sarcasm does not translate well into chat boxes. There is no weapon or device, that I am aware of, strong enough to throw a meteor the size of the moon out of orbit. The substance and rock make up of the moon will just absorb the blow.

    Kind of the same issue with the meteor that is on it’s way, we do not know the make up of the meteor so if it’s, to put it in layman terms, more porous filled then normal rocks, not even our strongest atomic bomb can nudge it’s orbit.

  9. spaceweasel on October 9th, 2009 2:40 am

    you guys are all retarded. Well not all off you, some pose interesting argument. Firstly it is important to remember that this is not a bomb. It is pretty much a huge keg full of liquid moving at a high speed. The impact will resemble throwing a pebble on a huge beach rather than the effect that a bomb would have. The chances of anything breaking off the moon and hitting Earth are actually nil. The moon has a gravitational pull of it’s own and therefore any chunks would simply orbit the moon. I am slightly worried by the alien prospects and whethere an intergalatic war with some kind of xenomorphic race but this seems highly unlikely as we would surely prefer information over dominance. At first my reaction to the mission was that it may knock the moon off course and put us in danger but on further research it is apparent that every single person on earth (thats about 7 billion people by the way) would need to throw 1million missiles each in order to change the moons rotation by even 1mp/s. So please only be concerned about the Xenomorphs. We will be fine.

  10. Anthony on October 9th, 2009 3:17 am

    Cause and Effect. We all know what happens when we bomb things here on the Earth. What gives anyone the right to bomb the moon? I can here it now oops “we didn’t think that would happen”, well guess what some of us have common sense. Why does the human race need to bomb anything? Looking for water???? Hahaha our planet is mostly water and of course there is RAIN! 2012 may end up being a major change, FOR REAL. I really think bombing the moon is crazy!!!!

  11. Michelle on October 9th, 2009 4:40 am

    I’m scared. If something really big doesn’t happen tonight, the changes in tides and earthquakes that this is gonna create are really sad. And all this (over 500 mill) while the homeless keep roaming the streets in ever increasing numbers!
    I can’t wait to hear Iran and Venezuela’s reaction to this outrage! It’s weird they haven’t been covering this event much…

  12. Duckman on October 9th, 2009 4:48 am

    Houston, YOU have a problem!

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  15. ally on October 9th, 2009 12:40 pm

    I can not believe it, NASA bombed the moon!,If I worked there I would speak out and say that it might be riskey!…I hope they find life somewere someday!

  16. Amy on October 9th, 2009 2:57 pm

    I really hope that there are no bad effects from bombing the moon. It just seems insane.

  17. sasha on October 9th, 2009 6:53 pm

    Damn NASA I know NYC water is a mess … but dont we have enough fresh water on EARTH! they dont gotta steal it from the moon lol JK JK

  18. Stavros K Ing on October 10th, 2009 12:07 am

    maybe in some unusual way, nasa (and other sinister us agencies) think they can spin the moon to reverse the effects of global warming and give us a different view of the moon to boot!

  19. kabdib on October 10th, 2009 1:21 am

    We rammed many, many spacecraft into the moon in the 60s and 70s. Photographic probes, spent Apollo stages, upper stages of the lunar landers, etc.

    Both the US and the USSR dropped tons, probably hundreds of tons, of stuff on the moon, and nothing bad happened.

    The moon didn’t break up, aliens didn’t come to earth with death rays in retaliation, nothing was pulled or pushed out of orbit, and no meteor swarms rained down on our cities.

    Do some research before you post ignorant nonsense.

  20. bob on October 11th, 2009 10:06 pm

    what retard thought this was a good idea: and how many idiots do you have to put into the pentagon to actually approve such a bad idea and they wonder why people hate the USA and why they were attacked on sept 11. Lets use our heads a little and stop trying to destroy everything. You want to see something sestroyed start with yourselves

  21. David on October 12th, 2009 8:47 am

    Well the military failed in 1972 as all moon missions since 1969 have been military. Right forget Iran and there so called weapons of mass destruction england,china,russia,america & australia have enough of them to blow this planet up and speaking of planets as the moon is an artificial satellite as stated in a 1972 book, and the USA do not want to upset those beings up there!!

  22. rayni on October 12th, 2009 11:36 am

    that is the worlds most coolest thing to do i agree with some people about hurting the moon.

  23. thinkladythink on October 12th, 2009 11:43 am

    I think it is sad that sciences curiousity, is too often destructive,
    They can’t figure out how to save our planet from our own experiments,
    yet they go into space to create more problems,
    Is it not simple that our sun and moon are their to help us live here ?
    Are we not different from other planets around us ?
    I don’t think they should be allowed to do such things without our Worlds VOTE,,,
    since it will effect us all…
    How do we know now, if this will cause the moon to crack later ?
    Did they just create a new new fault line on the moon ?
    some cultures past legends down about another planet that is no longer with us,
    some claim it was destroyed and some people from it came here to survive …?
    How many people do you guys think will survive if we allow our solar system to be over tested and damaged, or destroyed ..? Do you guys think NASA will build a space ship big enough for us all to fit on it , headed for the next hopeful galaxy ?
    It is tax payer funded.. Isn’t it ? Shouldn’t we atleast be ask for an opinion ?
    personally I would love to look through the Hubble scope…

    On August 11th, 2008 the Hubble Telescope hit the 100,000 orbit mark! Since its launch in April of 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope has been traveling at 5 miles per second with its on-board odometer racking up around 2.72 BILLION miles! That’s about 5,700 trips to the moon and back! In October of this year the STS-125 crew will be be working on the 5th and final servicing mission to Hubble. There are currently 5 spacewalks scheduled for Atlantis where astronauts will install new equipment and repair broken instruments. Once this mission is complete, NASA’s favorite telescope will need to live out the remainder of its days alone in space, with no chance of repair. This is the story of the Hubble Space Telescope, or HST. this was on youtube….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLHqmudw8tU

  24. asl on October 12th, 2009 3:17 pm

    WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO BOMB THE MOON, DONT THESE PEOPLE KNOW THE MOON CONTROLS SO MUCH OF THE EARTH…..THE MOON CONTROLS THE TIDE IN THE OCEAN, IT CONTROLS THE CROPS THAT WE GROW ON FARMS…THE MOON IS SO PRECIOUS TO LIFE ON EARTH AND NOW THEY WANT TO BLOW IT UP…WHAT ABOUT THE SMALL ROCKS THATS GONNA COME OFF OF IT, WHEN THEY COME DOWN A BIG BALLS OF FIRE AND HIT THE EARTH, WHAT WE GONNA DO THEN?? MOVE TO THE MOON?? OH SHYT, WE CANT DO THAT EITHER!!!! I THINK THE DECISION IS NO WISE

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  26. cherii on October 19th, 2009 8:24 pm

    your a so stupid there not trying to blow it up

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  28. Bela on November 14th, 2009 5:03 pm

    What the heck are you people thinking??? Who gives you the right to shoot the moon? The moon does not belong to Nasa or anyone and what your doing has no know effects? I wana know who’s paying the guy who came up with this idea, cause his ass needs something better to do. Think about the economy and all the millions of people starving in our world, Oh but wait..they dont matter lets just spend the money we could feed them with and see if we cant shoot a few holes in the Moon! Im disgusted that the government would even think of using money for something so stupid right now..when people are suffering. We have water. What a wast of tax payers dollars!!!

  29. jake on November 19th, 2009 2:03 pm

    hahah here comes 2012. its getting more believeable by the minute.

  30. phillip on November 23rd, 2009 12:12 am

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  31. kkk member on December 21st, 2009 9:22 pm

    be be careful not to hit george bush’s clubhouse, or his extraterrestial tea parties will come to an end

  32. wanda on February 9th, 2010 6:25 pm

    Anybody care to read Tom heneghan’s blogspot will note that he says they are attempting to control the weather here on earth by bombing the moon. They want to create a south pole tilt to hide or create global warming. Read somewhere that the gravity on the moon is much closer to earth’s than we have been led to believe, so a base there may make some sense esp. if you plan to destroy earth w/ war.

  33. Lois on March 11th, 2010 2:20 pm

    has anybody noticed the changes – major snows in the northeast with record breaking total accumulations, major earthquakes in Haiti and Chile – you cant tell me Mother Nature is not punishing us for damaging the moon. You want to find frozen water? Here – have 4 feet! you want property damage ? How’s an 8.8 for you?

  34. Chuck on April 5th, 2010 2:06 am

    GUYS YOU ALL ARE CORRECT!! and yes we now see the consequences !

    BIG TSUNAMIS! BIG EARTHQUAKES! A LOT OF SNOW!! WE ARE SO FUCKT UP NOW! THANK YOU NASA ! for helping the 2012 apocalypse!!

  35. chad on April 20th, 2010 4:36 pm

    i belive thats real beecause they are goin to lose all are water in a couple of years because of showers baths water pools hotubs and other things so they have to do it but that was in 2009? why is that? we have alot of water now im talking about in like 10/20 years or if we really bad we might lose all of it in like 2/4 years wow e need to change like now we got alot of stuff couldent we just make water some how? like think about it could we make water? possbile yes? like there trying to make elephants make baby hair elephants [forgot the name of the ice elephant] sooo yeah i think its possbile anything you put to your mind is possbile

  36. chad on April 20th, 2010 4:51 pm

    yes its good no more tides and we losing all of are water from showers hotubs and lots of things like wow we need to change like now or we have to check the moon like wow

  37. -.-' on January 3rd, 2011 10:10 pm

    seriously.. shut up lol its no more dangerous than a the hundreds of meteors that hit the moon every so often…

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