L-CROSS

Oct. 8th, 2009 07:46 pm
unclejimbo: (La la la la la)
Well, tonight (or at least early tomorrow morning the L-CROSS mission will come to it's climactic conclusion when the Centaur upper stage slams into the moon followed about 4 minutes later by the L-CROSS satellite itself.

So far, so good. The satellite separated from the booster at about 6:30 PST and has a little while ago started to break so it will have that 4 minutes to gather information as it goes into the debris cloud from the booster impact.

The big smash should take place at about 4:31 am PST. I'm going to try and be up for it. All I have are a pair of binoculars so I don't know if I'll see the flash when it hits. However, I am also recording NASA TV on the DVR so I'll be able to watch the highlights as it goes in.

This should be an interesting night.

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