Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:
These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.
Really smart dudes come up with some bloody awful ideas. I think even Carl Sagan was in on the macho plot to detonate a nuke on the moon back in the day.
The mission, "A mushroom cloud so large it could be seen on Earth."
It would be funny if it weren't true.
Have you been watching the documentary on our national parks? Imagine what would have happened to Yellowstone if it hadn't been protected. We should be treating the moon as an international park.
Let's just hope it doesn't look too cool. Or they'll do it again.
I wonder what stopped them from detonating a nuke on the moon during the cold war. I wonder if the men reasoned out on their own that it might not be a good idea or if their wives just bitch nagged them to death and withheld sex till they gave up the mission.
The lack of public interest in space matters is sad, I agree. This is a general feature of our society and as nothing to do with LCROSS.The big deal for me is two fold. Firstly, the lack of collective knowledge, interest, and discussion surrounding the event despite it's being 9 days away. No media discussion for something that's unprecedented and rather historic.
Intent matters. Anything can be a weapon if you use it as such. This is a purely scientific mission and reading anything else into it is missing the point.Second, I think there's a ton of ramifications for this type of act which warranted addressing/discussing. We're essentially launching a rocket into the moon. That, in my mind, constitutes a weapon in space
"Modifying a celestial body" is what happened each and every of the other dozens of times in which we have piloted spacecraft or other objects into asteroids, planets, moons, and anything else of scientific interest that's out there. Everything in space is constantly being pelted by countless bits of matter of every size. That's just what happens. If you're concerned about the Moon I assure you, this is nothing that hasn't happened billions of times in the past and is nothing more than what will happen billions of times in the future regardless of man's actions. The only difference is that we have a satellite observing this in a planned fashion.and modifying a celestial body
I will point you once more to the Japanese probe that impacted the moon in June- both of which I bet we'd have a problem with if any other country was doing it.
As I've stated before, the mission is well past committed. You can't just hit the brakes and turn it around. Even if that were possible, there is still plenty to be learned from directly observing a lunar impact, and the mission holds considerable scientific value even if it won't be the one to definitively answer the media-friendly question of the existence of lunar waterSince India has just this month proven there is in fact water on the moon there is no need for a destructive rocket attack against the planet.