NASA To Spend $79M To Bomb The Moon

October 7th, 2009 by

BOSTON (WBZ) ― Yes, you read that correctly. And there’s really no question mark.

This Friday, NASA is going to fire a “missile” (empty fuel tank) into the surface of the moon to find out if there is water or, more likely, ice.

The cost? $79 million. NASA is a government agency, which means this is your tax dollars at work.

Do you like how the agency’s spending them?

Before you weigh in, though, a little food for thought. Supporters of the LCROSS mission (LUNAR CRATER OBSERVATION AND SENSING SATELLITE) insist that, by NASA standards, this is a cheap mission.
They also point out that it will yield immediate results.

We’ll know when the missile kicks up a six mile-high cloud of dust whether there’s water in it or not. And it will help determine whether the U.S. spends millions more in the future to send astronauts back to the moon.

A future mission may be much harder to defend if there’s no water and no means of supporting life.

So…what’s your sense? Is this an expensive flight of fancy? Or a smart way to determine our future course in space exploration?

3 Responses

  1. Captain Kirk

    Beam me up Scotty, there’s obviously no intelligent life down here. I almost feel sorry for these primitive humans when they’re about to experience a colder than normal winter and they’ve decideed not to drill for the abundance of (heating) oil that they possess.

  2. J.C.

    It’s beyond flight of fancy……IT’S PURE INSANITY!
    We’ve done enough space exploration for a lifetime.

  3. dell

    For real. This sounds like a waste of money. Why can’t they just wait until the economic crisis passes, hopefully. I mean isn’t it alittle risky to try and blow up parts of the moon? I know we all seem stupid to really smart people some way but Can The worlds smartest minds please find a better way to spend know, that will help us now then worrying about the fucking moon. I like the moon and I agree there are some many questions and answers out there but right now we need to worry about earth

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