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First Images of LCROSS Centaur Impact Plume Released

18 Oct 2009, 01:11 UTC
First Images of LCROSS Centaur Impact Plume Released
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Rising a mile high and up to 5 miles wide, the impact plume of the spent Centaur rocket was observed by the NASA LCROSS shepherding probe before it travelled through the dust plume and crashed 4 minutes later.
The lack of an observed dust plume has been the cause of much confusion to people who watched [...]Post from: Astroengine.comFirst Images of LCROSS Centaur Impact Plume Released

The lunar dust plume as seen 15 seconds after Centaur impact. The size of the plume was approximately 6-8 km wide at this time (NASA)
Rising a mile high and up to 5 miles wide, the impact plume of the spent Centaur rocket was observed by the NASA LCROSS shepherding probe before it travelled through the dust plume and crashed 4 minutes later.
The lack of an observed dust plume has been the cause of much confusion to people who watched the events unfold in the early hours of October 9th. NASA publicised the impact event as if it was going to be an explosion of dust (and possibly ice), observable from telescopes on Earth. To say the mission finale was a disappointment is an understatement.
Following the impact, NASA responded by saying ...

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