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Fraser
2009-Oct-17, 03:00 PM
Nine science instruments on board the LCROSS spacecraft captured the entire crash sequence of the Centaur impactor before the spacecraft itself impacted the surface of the moon. But any evidence of the plume was hidden by the rim of a giant impact basin, a 3 kilometer-high (2-mile) mountain right in the way for Earth [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/2009/10/17/moon-crash-plume-visible-to-spacecraft-but-not-earth-telescopes/)

dhd40
2009-Oct-17, 06:43 PM
Nine science instruments on board the LCROSS spacecraft captured the entire crash sequence of the Centaur impactor before the spacecraft itself impacted the surface of the moon. But any evidence of the plume was hidden by the rim of a giant impact basin, a 3 kilometer-high (2-mile) mountain right in the way for Earth [...]

More... (http://www.universetoday.com/2009/10/17/moon-crash-plume-visible-to-spacecraft-but-not-earth-telescopes/)

From this:

The LCROSS spacecraft captured and returned data until virtually the last second before impact, Colaprete said, and the thermal and near-infrared cameras returned excellent images of the Centaur impact crater at a resolution of less than 6.5 feet (2 m).

Then, why donīt they show these excellent images?
Or am I too impatient?

01101001
2009-Oct-17, 10:15 PM
Or am I too impatient?

Uh, yeah.

NASA LCROSS Mission Update (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/main/LCROSS_impact.html):


In the coming weeks, the LCROSS team and other observation assets will continue to analyze and verify data collected from the LCROSS impacts. Any new information will undergo the normal scientific review process and will be released as soon as it is available.

KaiYeves
2009-Oct-18, 05:43 PM
Science, like art, takes time.