Friday, October 9, 2009

LCROSS and its "Impact"

Alright, I would say "after the dust settled", but it looks like there wasn't much dust up to begin with. That's fine. According to the press conference afterwords, they still got good data from the other spectra they were analyzing in besides just visible.

Now here's the fun part, people expect answers right away! Attention general media and the mass populace: Science does not provide instant gratification. Sheesh! I don't expect any hard results for at least a month or two. There is a lot of data to collect and sift through. However, I am anxious to know what was found, but no more anxious than the scientists working on the project itself. Significant water on the Moon is a real game changer.

Now, for all you idiots who thought the Moon was going to be blown up, here's the timeline of thought I'm seeing from the past few days and then today...

"OH MY GOD, you're going to kill the Moon!!!!"

"What, that was it? You guys suck."

Some people are never pleased.


Norman Copeland said...

Please, If I may, I shall proceed with caution as the racial integrity of this situation is questionably and could potentially be our demise.

Viewing the moon as a stepping stone really doesn't change the way we actually view looking for a similiar planet to ours. I think that with modern technology people could just say, heck, let's just fly straight to alpha centuri, why waste money on the moon and building infrastructure on it if the next generation of space craft engines gives us the ability to travel at light speed and faster?

The moon.

I'll have a souvenir thanks.

But, generally speaking as we fly by...

whistle, whistle, whistle...

la la laaaa... la la... la

[they might not notice a quantum leap...]

Douglas Mallette said...

Good luck convincing anyone to pay for that. Human advancement is always done in reasonable steps. The Moon is reasonable, Alpha Centauri, not so much.

Norman Copeland said...

Douglas, audience...

[Considering impacts]

I just posted this consideration on a well known science forum, but, need to consider this with specialist science theologist and engineers...

About the new boulder the rover classified as 'opportunity' found on the Martian surface]

Ladies and gentleman, it's obvious from the rovers visual evidence that sand storms/gusts have a central role while shaping the undulation of the surface of this particular area, it is possible that stronger storms have covered smaller surface material from impact objects, the larger objects would be difficult to cover completely.

This is one of the reason's I asked the female NASA operative who works with the rover programme if they could utilise the rover classified as 'spirit' to guage wind storm direction and velocity.

However, the question was not answered.

Thank you, good day.

Who dares wins.

Then, I knew there was another reason I was asking myself this question again, I just thought, ''what would be the advantages of having the knowledge of wind velocity at different times of the year''...

Well, generally speaking if a lighter rover could do the same job {because of it's knowledge of Martian winds and storms}, we would then be capable of launching lighter payloads {on the rocket}.

Well, what is a lighter payload value?

= Broader scope of who could actually continue the mission as a younger operative {driver} [newer science].

Different craft potential

=Less fuel needed

=the payload space potential optimised could be utilised for flying rovers {when stuck in difficult terrain]

= Well I guess some folks have different characteristics and would bring different potential to the mission!!!

Douglas Mallette said...

Norman, stop using so many spaces between paragraphs. You're post takes up too much space. lol.

As far as the Martian Rovers, I did not know about a new boulder...must go searching now.

Jerry M. Weikle said...

I'm going back to the original debate topic that you mention Douglas. The hype of 'blowing up the Moon' is due to the worlds educational system not educating individuals upon the various areas of science, specifically physics and geology.

The vast majority of Americans write and comprehend with a 9th or 10th grade education according to statistics out of the Department of Education or the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) data. This is in America, despite the funding and building of schools and even attempts by the Federal government to improve education through NCLB Act of 2002. The United States population is currently around 310 Million individuals +/- 2 Million, rounding for the aspect of the debate.

Now lets broaden this concept out to the other 180 some Nations on the Earth. The vast majority of 3rd world countries may have a 5th or 6th grade education, so many of the concepts and ideas of "Science" that we discuss are beyond the cognitive aspects of several billion individuals. I don't mean to be generalized with the concepts, but I could easily write a 130 some pages or more. :-)

Douglas, I do want to congradulate you on your recent accomplishment and publication of "Turning Point", as it is a pleasure to have a discussion with a published author.

However, getting back to the aspects of the debate. The "Oh My God, They are going to blow up the Moon" is nothing more than shock and awe at the ability to crash a SUV size object just to kick up a bit of dust.

Then when the precieved impact was not "GRAND" and the Moon did not fracture or the "Hollow Moon" didn't belch out a cloud of Methane Gas like some farting longhorn steer in Dallas that surrounded the Earth in a giant gas cloud that instantanously turned the Earth into Venus, then people started shouting "NASA SUCKS".

I'm not even going to mention that some tagger spray painted the shuttle, "NASA SUCKS", oh I guess I just did.

Well, the point of my arguement in the debate is that the educational system throughout the world should improve the conceptual skills and abilities of the human population.

Honestly, if a SUV automobile was crashed upon Mt. Everest would the Earth turn into a ball of dust particles? No, of course it wouldn't.

Now, what happened with the Martian Rovers and this boulder?