Archive for October, 2009

LCROSS Crashed to the Moon

October 11, 2009

For those, who still did not see the LCROSS crash:

Nothing spectacular :) Unfortunately scientists did not say right away if they found water, more data analysis required. I am pretty sure, that if there were lots of water in that crater, then they would be able to confirm it right away. It means that even if water exists in dark Lunar craters there is not so much of it (which sucks).

We’ll have to build a base on Mars and skip the Moon ;)

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Two Merging Blackholes Pictured

October 9, 2009

This is time for the next cool picture, guys! Below is a composite picture of two merging black holes captured by Hubble and Chandra. All red and yellow colors are from Chandra picture and bluish colors are from Hubble. Isn’t it amazing how people just 50 years ago were not sure if black holes exist and now we are looking at the picture how two of them collide?

Composite images of two colliding black holes. Click for a bigger version. Image credit: Chandra, Hubble

Composite images of two colliding black holes. Click for a bigger version. Image credit: Chandra, Hubble

LCROSS Team Changes Impact Crater

October 7, 2009

Sometime ago I wrote about some LCROSS troubles, but they did not affect mission much and we still going to see the big boom. Recent news is that LCROSS team changed an impact crater. They did it because latest data from other Moon satellites points for a better target. This is where LCROSS will search for water:

Cabeus crater is a new target for the mission. Image from: chungyc.org

It is amazing for me to see how different teams from different countries can efficiently communicate and help each other. I hope this awesome mission will be a success and there will be enough water on the Moon, so we won’t have¬†excuses¬†not to build a permanent station there.

We already know that there is a bit water on the Moon, but for sure it would be great to find more. If you are interested in tiny details, read press release on LCROSS mission website.