NASA announced the exact date of the beginning of the impact of the module unit LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite), necessary for the work to find water ice in permanently shadowed craters in the polar region of the Moon. The mission will begin on October 9 at 7:30 am Eastern Time.
After much debate about the most convenient place for the bombing, NASA decided on the exact impact point. The venue will be the collapse of the crater Cabeus A. This - the best place to look for frozen water on the south pole of the moon.
Here you can see a map of the south pole of the moon marked with craters.
Centaur, the first stage of the carrier Atlas V, crash into the lunar surface, which causes release of large amounts of soil. Then LCROSS will fly through the cloud of soil, analyzing and transmitting information to Earth about its composition before he falls to the moon. First of all analyzers satellites will look for signs of frozen water, which is supposed to exist in the southern latitudes of the moon. The second cloud lifted in the fall LCROSS, will provide scientists with some more information on the composition of the soil of the crater.
The team of scientists working with LCROSS, not accidentally chosen crater Cabeus A. It is suitable for a variety of parameters, including good visibility from Earth crash raised clouds of soil, the high concentration of hydrogen, the favorable terrain (flat floor, gentle slopes and the absence of large boulders).
Professional astronomers will be watching the bombardment of the best terrestrial observatories. Among these observatories - a three-meter infrared instrument IRTF (Infra-Red Telescope Facility) and the world’s largest reflecting telescope Keck in Hawaii, the Magdalena Ridge Observatory (Magdalena Ridge) and Apache Ridge (Apache Ridge) in New Mexico, 6 5-meter telescope at the observatory MMT Observatory at Mount Hopkins (, Arizona), the updated Hubble Space Telescope and the lunar probe Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).
Amateur astronomers also be able to observe the collision of vehicles. Unfortunately, the explosions are expected not powerful enough to be seen with the naked eye or with binoculars. You can always download the news ticker and be aware of all the world’s news.