Last year, we featured on DPR AmSci, NASA's LCROSS Mission to the moon (read), which is an important study to see if water ice exists on the moon. A successful find would amount to a critical discovery that will lead the way for sending humans back to the big rock in the sky.

An exciting feature of this mission is that NASA is soliciting the assistance for amateur astronomers to watch the crash -- and the resulting plume of moon dust -- from their backyards, and report their photographs and observations directly to NASA.

The time is nearing for the event, which is scheduled for October 9, and NASA just announced the planned crash location on the moon: Cabeus-A (read more...) This crater site is visible from Earth, but is mostly shroud in shadow, which means that intense solar radiation has less of a chance to vaporize any remaining water ice crystals.

If you are interested in learning more about participating in the observation, consider hosting an "Impact Night Event" for you and your amateur astronomer friends. NASA has set up an Impact Kit web site to guide your setup and observations to help you make history with this amazing opportunity for citizen scientists to do real research!

[ Impact Kit from NASA's LCROSS Mission ]

"Moon Crash to Put All Eyes on Cabeus A" :: National Geographic - Breaking Orbit Blog :: September 11, 2009 :: [ READ ]