Once the idea caught the public’s imagination and they realized that there really was going to be a NASA “moon bombing,” everybody had to find out more about it. Google lit up with searches. NASA released a simulated video of the impending event (October 9). Comedians immediately started making jokes about NASA’s moon bombing mission, LCROSS. David Letterman created a video where the moon fought back. News shows and magazines began to dissect the mission, the science, NASA’s finances, whether or not the moon was stationary enough in its orbit to withstand the impact (it is). NASA and hundreds of websites dedicated to science and scientific achievements / advancements explained exactly what NASA was up to making a bombing run on the moon. But all the preparations and run-up to the actual NASA moon bombing will be as nothing compared to the run on YouTube and NASA’s web sites to see the video of the actual impact once its the missile hits the moon.
Because people really like seeing things get blown up. And let’s face it, how many times to you get to see NASA blow up part of the moon?
But, to be truthful, the NASA moon bombing was to be more like a “crashing” than an actual bombing. There are no explosives involved, although the velocity that the Centaur rocket would be traveling when it made impact with the crater on the south pole of the moon (twice that of a bullet) would have the effect of 1.5 tons of TNT. The missile is expected to penetrate the moon’s crust and produce a debris field from which NASA can ascertain whether or not there is water (ice) on the moon. It is believed that ice may be trapped within the lunar crust and especially in the shadows of the moon’s southernmost craters, because those craters never receive any sunlight.
But most people don’t care about the mechanics of the rockets, the velocity, or the what might happen. They also do not care about whether or not NASA finds ice crystals or evidence of water with their moon bombing (or crashing). They just want to see the EFFECT of the LCROSS missile. They want to see a visual. They want to see a video of the impact.
The LCROSS mission is supposed to be completed by 7:31 a.m. EST Friday. With all the satellites, the Hubble Telescope, and the thousands of video cameras hooked into telescopes by amateur astronomers, there will no doubt be dozens, if not hundreds, of videos to watch on the web by Friday afternoon.
Of course, the best video will no doubt be that provided by NASA themselves. Or at least it should be, since they have the inside track on the LCROSS mission. But that remains to be seen.
And it will be seen. In fact, it will be surprising if the NASA moon bombing video isn’t one of the top searched items on Google for days.
People are going to want to see the moon get blown up…
NASA video of the simulated “moon bombing” via Huffington Post.