NASA launched two spacecraft (LRO & LCROSS) in June of this year to orbit and study the moon. LCROSS is attached to the upper stage of the rocket that launched it into space. This upper stage rocket engine will be shot into the South Pole of the moon on October 9th at 5:30am MST, 4:30 a.m. PDT. The two spacecraft are designed to study and measure the debris thrown up by the impact. Within this debris scientists hope to find evidence of water in the subsurface of the Moon. This impact will be bright enough for amateur telescopes to see.

Where can you go to watch this historic event?Click here to find the impact event location nearest you.


NASA Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, CA) will be hosting an all-night event (October 8 & 9) featuring a real-time moment in space exploration as the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) impacts the moon to search for water ice and vapor. This is an opportunity to witness space exploration first hand.

Where: NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA
Exit Hwy. 101 at Moffett Blvd (NASA Parkway)

When: Thursday , October 8 – 7:00 pm through Friday, October 9 – 7:00 am

Presentations: 7 – 8:30pm Thursday
• S. Pete Worden, NASA Ames Center Director
• Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 Astronaut
• Victoria P. Friedensen, Advanced Capabilities, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA

Outdoor Movies: 8:30pm Thursday – - 3:30am Friday
Three Major Motion Pictures Shown

Lunar Impact: Live Video Coverage 3:30am – 7:00am Friday
Expert NASA Commentary

FREE ADMISSION: Open to the Public


“Lunar Bagel Breakfast”
At Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory

Fiske Planetarium and Sommers-Bausch Observatory located on main campus of the University of Colorado at Boulder are having an event to observe and celebrate the impact of LCROSS. They will be showing a live feed from NASA in their theater and their observatory will be open to the public for observing through research telescopes.

This event is free to the public and appropriate for all ages. There will bagels and coffee for those who come to our pre-dawn event.


Hosting an impact event or LCROSS viewing party? Contact us to have details of your event posted online.

Posted by: Soderman/NLSI Staff
Source: NASA

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