October 13, 2009

NASA acquires data after spacecraft' twin impacts into moon

2009-10-10 08:42 BJT

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (Xinhua) -- NASA has successfully collected data after two spacecraft -- the Centaur rocket and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) -- impacted the moon's south pole, the space agency said Friday.

NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)

impact view is seen in this image released on October 9, 2009.

Two U.S. spacecraft were crashed into a lunar crater Friday but

scientists said it was too early to say whether the mission to

search for supplies of water on the Moon had been a success.

(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

"We have a tremendous amount of data gathered through observation campaign, both ground-based and space-based," said Jennifer Heldmann, coordinator of the LCROSS observation campaign, at a press conference held after the impacts. It will take some time to understand what is seen in the data, Heldmann said.

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