Friday, November 13, 2009

Remember the LCROSS mission?


Well, the LCROSS mission was a smash success- today's headlines tell me so:

Nasa's experiment last month to find water on the Moon was a major success, US scientists have announced.

Scientists who have studied the data now say instruments trained on the impact plume saw copious quantities of water vapour.

Anthony Colaprete, chief scientist for LCROSS at Nasa's Ames Research Center in California, said a large debris plume rose at least one or two kilometres in altitude. It stayed just below the crater rim, which may have prevented astronomers from observing it from Earth.

OK, fair enough- but how did it prevent the orbital camera from observing it? Even stranger is that NAZCA NASA has released a number of computerized illustrations displaying a plume that their equipment failed to record. Yes, just like the CGI illustrations 'proving' the Face on Mars is natural. This is an example of the power of imagery bypassing cognition- most people will see the various illustrations and accept them as actual photographs.

I don't know what this mission was really all about, but the lengths they're going to rewrite its history tells me it's probably something extremely delicate. I'll refer you folks over to Mr. Hoagland for a dissenting view. Take what you can from it.

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