Saturday, September 02, 2006

Spacecraft to crash on the moon tonight

SMART-1, a lunar orbiter belonging to the European Space Agency (ESA), will crash on the moon tonight after its successful 3-year mission. Running low on fuel, ESA mission scientists decided to crash the spacecraft in a place where the crash can be seen from Earth and studied. Those with telescopes can view the crash which will happen in the dark side of the crescent moon. This event will only be visible for those living in North and South America and the East Pacific (it will be morning daylight for us in Singapore). Time of impact is at 10:41 p.m. PDT (Sept. 3rd, 0541 UT), Saturday, September 2nd. For detailed information on how to observe the crash, visit the ESA SMART-1 Lunar Impact website.


GeekGod said...

Watch out for a flash of light!

Rickie said...

On the ESA link, there's a list of observatories that will be looking at the impact, some of them with LIVE web cam feed!

Anonymous said...

Oh great, thanks for making the moon a dumping ground.