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Old 06-19-2009, 02:43 AM   #11
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Its stupid Nasa is government funded. No outcome of finding water up there will help our current situation at home. I think we need to throw our money else where.

Wasting it in space isnt to smart.
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Old 06-19-2009, 03:27 AM   #12
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Who are the idiots that come up with harebrained **** like this?

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Old 06-19-2009, 03:49 AM   #13
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Absolutely ridiculous.
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:01 AM   #14
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I for one think it's a cool idea. They wont risk causing an apocalypse, and if they find their Dihydrogen Monoxide (+1 to FlightSimBoy for the name :P), then it's big news!
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Old 06-19-2009, 05:45 AM   #15
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Why? Don't we have better things to do?
No i doubt it come on i mean its so important that we find that water on the moon and incidently we obviously havent got more needy sources of oney right now in the financial situation we are in either i guess
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Old 06-19-2009, 06:05 AM   #16
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Oh for crap's sake, you guys have no clue. We impacted a washing machine sized impactor in to a comet and made a nice little plume. It didn't make one difference in its orbit or affect it's structure.
We've been impacting things on the moon for years. Take the Pioneer space craft that took some of the first close ups of the surface. Then crashed in to the surface doing 10's of thousands of miles per hour. If they had been watching with telescopes at the time they might have seen some nice plumes then.
Take in to consideration the moon is 1/6 the gravity of earth and has no atmosphere and the plume from the impact will be spectacular indeed. The mission is two fold if you read the facts carefully. One is to get a lunar orbiting satellite in orbit to look for future landing sites. The other is simply putting a junk booster used to get it there to good use instead of becoming space junk. The "Shepard satellite" is the brains and cameras used to get all of that to the moon.
So why not take advantage of all that? Knowing full well you can kill two birds with one stone makes it "COST AFFECTIVE" to just toss in a few extra sensors in the Shepard craft and watch the fireworks. The impacting craft will for the most part vaporize due to the energy expended on impact. That in turn will vaporize some of the lunar rock and dirt and that is what they will be looking at.
Finding water or it's components is the single most important aspect of being able to return to the moon for long term missions. Finding and being able to get to it EASILY is paramount to the missions.
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Old 06-19-2009, 01:43 PM   #17
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Couldn't this "Impactor" cause parts of the moon to fly back at us? Am I the only few that sees this as a TERRIBLE idea? Also what if (god forbid) the "impactor" fell back down to Earth? Wouldn't that cause a 6 mile rupture in the Earth? Space and Explosives don't go together.
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OK If the Earth is Gia, then what name is the Moon?
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OK If the Earth is Gia, then what name is the Moon?
A diamond mine?
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Even if we find water on the moon, what then?
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