On a space quest for frozen icicles, NASA will finalize their LCROSS mission with Lunar "Impacts" (a.k.a. Bombings) in a crater near the moon’s south pole at approximately 4:30 a.m. PDT this Friday, October 9th, 2009.
Here are a few things to take into consideration before we begin blowing up the moon:
- Would someone explain how scientists find frozen water on a planet with no atmosphere, that has remained virtually unchanged for 4.5 billion years? Oh, it must be some sort of magic trick. Perhaps they are really looking for oil.
- Once the frozen water is "discovered," via "excavation" is the governments ice sculpting plan to turn it into the shape of the United States of America?
- What if there is a freak accident (as if our government ever has them) and the moon "breaks" due to man-made explosions?
- If our oceans were to stand still and turn into giant green, scum filled, have-not-changed-the-pool-water-in-ten-years reservoirs. Killing all marine life as we know it. What then, smart scientists?
- Can you refer any contractors for fixing the moon or the oceans?
- Exactly what effect are these explosions going to have on polluting the earths already polluted atmosphere?
- What facts (not theories) do you have to support the cause and effect chain reaction of blowing up a crater on the moon? You know, just in case of an emergency.
Here is a revised plan for you, smart scientists at NASA:
- If you have a fascination with "water" consider spending our tax dollars on fixing our already polluted oceans and saving the marine life within them-on planet earth.
- Use our tax dollars to figure out how to harness and utilize free rainwater from the sky for every day use, utilizing sterile space materials.
- Find solutions using our dinero to remove the giant, plastic "garbage patch" floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean instead of just analyzing it from afar.
- Use our tax dollars to create solutions to prevent man-made chemicals and global warming from melting our polar ice caps.
- Leave the f#c*!*g moon alone, the earth has enough problems to occupy your brilliant minds for centuries, the last thing we need to do is screw up the moon with our experiments!
If you want to help protect the moon, please complain to NASA on this form and send the link to your friends before Friday:
Interesting Facts about the Moon:
- Rotation of moon
The same side of the Moon always faces the Earth. The Moon's rotation period is synchronous with its revolution period around the Earth.
- Change of distance
Because of a loss of orbital energy to gravity from the Earth, the Moon is very gradually moving away from the Earth. In the very early history of the Earth, the Moon looked about 3 times larger in apparent size in the sky, because it was closer to the Earth.
- Lunar atmosphere
The Moon has almost no atmosphere, because of its weak gravity. All types of gas will escape from its surface. Without an atmosphere, there is no wind or water erosion. The Moon's surface is about the same now as it was 3 billion years ago. The astronauts' footprints remain unchanged on the Moon's surface. The footprints should last at least 10 million years.
- Temperatures on the moon, dress code
The surface temperature fluctuates from roughly +300° F during the 2-week daytime to -270 F during the 2-week night. This is because there is not enough atmosphere to keep the Moon warm at night, nor protect it from the Sun's rays in the daytime. If you are wondering what to wear, an astronaut's suit is the most appropriate answer.
- Size comparison
The volume of the Earth's moon is the same as the volume of the Pacific Ocean.
- Lunar magnetic field
The Moon has no global magnetic field. You cannot use a compass to find your direction.
- Strange Mathematics: 1/2 equals 1/4
A quarter moon and a half moon are the same thing. The quarter refers to the fraction of the lunar month which has passed, whilst the half describes the portion of the Moon's disc which is visible.
- Calculation of the Easter date
Easter is the first Sunday after the first Saturday after the first full moon after the equinox. (The equinox is quite often March 21, but can also occur on the March 20 or 22.)
- Tides and the moon
The moon causes many of the tides in the Earth's oceans. This is because of the gravity force between the Earth and Moon. At full Moon and new Moon, the Sun, Earth and Moon are lined up, producing the higher than normal tides (called spring tides, for the way they spring up). When the Moon is at first or last quarter, smaller neap tides form.
- Sun and Moon Eclipses
An eclipse of the Sun can occur only at New Moon, while an eclipse of the Moon can occur only at Full Moon.
- Moon Ingredients
The moon is not made of cheese.
Legal status - Buying land on the moon
Though several flags of the United States have been symbolically planted on the moon, the U.S. government makes no claim to any part of the Moon's surface. The U.S. is party to the Outer Space Treaty, which places the Moon under the same jurisdiction as international waters. This treaty also restricts use of the Moon to peaceful purposes, explicitly banning weapons of mass destruction (including nuclear weapons) and military installations of any kind. A second treaty, the Moon Treaty, was proposed to restrict the exploitation of the Moon's resources by any single nation, but it has not been signed by any of the space-faring nations.
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Moon Facts courtesy of: www.moonphases.info