On October 9, 2009 NASA plans to detonate an explosion on the moon that will create a crater. The purported reason for this destruction is to see if any remnants of water can be found in the flotsam released from the impact.
Reading NASA’s site, it is unclear what exactly makes this impact that will be visible here on Earth with a telescope.
I am not a scientist, but I do know the gravitational dance between our moon and earth is essential for life as we know it. As we begin our rape and pillage of the moon, we are playing with its interior and assuming our explosions will not cause seismic repercussions. It’s true the U.S. put a flag in the moon, but does that give us ownership? Supposedly Peter Minuit gave the Manhattan Indians guilders for the island, but did that really give him stewardship?
The moon is sacred for many people here on Earth. Pagans, Jews, Hindus, Earth-based religions and most indigenous people consider the Moon an integral part of their worship. To bomb it is an act of disrespect and an insult, as well as a tragic mistake.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard an Atlas V rocket on June 18, 2009 at 5:32 am. The moon was in Aries at the time of the launch and the message for the world is one of “me first!”
When the LCROSS Impact occurs, the Gemini Moon signals racing and disparate messages. Things may not go as planned and the overall result causes difficulties and upsets. This is not a manned craft, but will be watched at many centers around the U.S. My guess is the people will not remember this with the same excitement of the original moon walk.
Because of the destruction the impact will make, it is likely NASA may receive “fallout” from unexpected places.