PORTLAND, Ore. A Web site will stream live telescope images of the impact of a NASA lunar probe scheduled to hit the surface on Friday (Oct. 9).
NASA's search for water on the moon will be carried by a site that provides live telescope feeds. NASA's Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) is scheduled to hit the moon's south pole around 7:30 a.m. eastern on Friday.
LCROSS is expected to kick up a mile-high plume of "ejecta". Viewers will be able to watch the impact and the subsequent flight of NASA's probe through the plume to collect ejecta for analysis. NASA hopes to find liquid water in the deep shade of the 60-mile-wide, mile-deep Cabeus crater. If frozen water is found, NASA hopes to establish a Moon base nearby using the water to drink as well as using electrolysis to split the water into hydrogen for fuel and oxygen.
The NASA probe "will fire a rocket-propelled projectile that will smash into the Moon, after which it will fly the probe through the ejecta to collect both geological and spectral data to determine if there is water under the crust," said Rick Lamb, president of Slooh.com.
"We have set up two telescopes--one in New Hampshire and one in Arizona--to observe and record the impact and plume of debris."
Video feeds will start one hour prior to the impact at 6:30 a.m. eastern on Friday. Videos of the impact will be available from the main Slooh.com page later in the day.
The impact also can be viewed live on NASA TV. Both live feeds will include commentary.