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Comments on Lunar Ice Debate's Two NASA Probes
Space scientists are holding their collective breath to see if two moon missions scheduled for this week will result in the discovery of water ice on the Moon. (Read the complete story)

"As a side note about the combined LCROSS and LRO mission, fans of sf writer E.C. Tubb may be interested to know that he predicted the idea of using some sort of impactor (in his case, a missile-borne charge) to try to determine the composition of a celestial body without actually landing on it. From his 1958 novel The Mechanical Monarch:

Fire streaked in a thin line from the muzzle of a cannon-like tube mounted beneath the viewing instruments and a tiny, rocket-powered projectile, drove towards the mysterious bulk. It hit, exploding into a cloud of incandescent vapour, and Wendis stared thoughtfully at the brilliant lines on the spectroscope screen...
(Read more about Tubb's Impactor Determines Composition)

(Bill Christensen 6/17/2009 6:50:59 AM)

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