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NASA spacecraft to shoot the moon

October 8, 2009 12:31:02 AM PDT
NASA is getting ready to shoot the moon and you can watch it live. If all goes as planned, a NASA rocket will crash into the lunar surface early Friday morning, sending up a six-mile high spray of debris.LCROSS is scheduled to hit the moon at 4:30 early Friday morning.

"So the LCROSS mission is a clever mission to use the upper stage of the rocket that brought us to the moon as an impactor to see if there's water ice on the moon," explained LCROSS Project Manager Daniel Andrews.

NASA's excited about the possibility of finding water on the moon.

"A resource like water, if it were there already existing, would be a huge benefit for future exploration," said Andrews.

But not everyone is excited about NASA's latest adventure in space. Videos on YouTube show people who are against the mission.

You can even sign a petition on the Web. But NASA says there's nothing to worry about.

"Natural meteorites and such actually hit the moon four times a month of the same size as LCROSS," said Andrews.

In fact Northrup Grumman held a Lunar Fair Thursday night to reward all their family members and friends for the long hours and hard work.

"It's been a lot of sacrifice for our family members and it's nice to just recognize them," said Craig Elder, Northrop Grumman. "There's a big element of surprise. This frozen regolith might not bounce as high as we thought or it could be something just phenomenal."

And if you don't have a telescope, you can still check out the impact streaming live here on abc7.com

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