Is NASA really planning on bombing the moon?

A friend sent me an email as follows, and I was wondering if this is something that is for real or if some out there is making stuff up.

"CALL FOR A WORLD PRAYER CIRCLE TO STOP THE PROPOSED BOMBING OF THE MOON BY NASA IN OCTOBER

On October 9th NASA is planning to send a 2 ton kinetic weapon to create a five mile deep crater on the moon. They are claiming ‘this is in the interest of paving the way for colonization and “to find water”. As usual we are kept in the dark as to their real motives for wanting to go ahead with such an inconceivable and brutal action.

Regardless of their intentions, what we do know is that it is absolutely absurd to even consider such a notion and that it could have catastrophic implications on the Moon, our Earth, and all of us who reside here; and, of course, all those to come. For not only does the moon regulate our tidal flows and the menstrual cycle of our women but she also nurtures our intuition, our sensitivity, our capacity to feel, our emotions. Like us, she is a living, breathing being and like us, the pain felt from such an attack would be intolerable.

We should all be asking ‘Why?’ ‘What will be next?’ And, how far will we be pushed before we stand together and demand that this craziness, inflicted by those who supposedly ‘care for us’ stop?

We are asking all who feel to, to join together in a unified world prayer, on the full Moon of September 4th. (Full Moon is 12.03pm).That we draw upon the unlimited power of unified heart full intentions and prayers in vision of stopping this proposed Moon bombing. We intend to create a circle of light around the Earth, as we merge our hearts in prayer, and radiate this light circle to cloak the Moon with our intentions, our hearts, our gratitude for what she gives us, and our demands that she be protected.

If you feel to, PLEASE pass this on and PLEASE offer your continual prayers for her well being.

Thank you for your participation and for caring.

Om Sacha"

If this is real, it certainly doesn't strike me as a good idea...

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  • 1 decade ago
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    >>On October 9th NASA is planning to send a 2 ton kinetic weapon to create a five mile deep crater on the moon.<<

    No, they are planning to crash an expended rocket stage into the Moon, and the crater will be on the order of a few tens of *metres* across.

    >>As usual we are kept in the dark as to their real motives for wanting to go ahead<<

    No, the full reasons are explained by NASA in press releases and on their website. They will analyse the debris from the impact to see what is present in the lunar surface material and if it contains water at all (the impact will be taking place in a permanently shaded polar region where it is possible that water ice may exist). If you're planning to colonise somewhere it makes sense to find out what raw materials you'll have when you get there, won't it?

    >>with such an inconceivable and brutal action.<<

    There's nothing brutal about crashing a dead rocket stage into a barren lump of rock. It's been done before. The Ranger probes, the expended S-IVB rocket stages from the Apollo missions, the empty lunar modules, and various Russian probes have all impacted the Moon over the last fifty years or so. The S-IVB stages in particular are considerably larger than the planned impactor.

    >>Regardless of their intentions, what we do know is that it is absolutely absurd to even consider such a notion and that it could have catastrophic implications on the Moon, our Earth, and all of us who reside here; and, of course, all those to come.<<

    What absolute, uneducated, moronic, fear-mongering tosh! The Moon is a few THOUSAND kilometres across as has a mass of several billion billion tons. Claiming that firing a two-ton rocket into it would be catastrophic is like claiming that firing a grain of sand into the Empire State Building could demolish it!

    There is nothing absurd about the notion of crahsing something into a rock and analysing the debris cloud to see what it's made of. The Deep Impact mission a few years ago did exactly that with a comet.

    >>Like us, she is a living, breathing being and like us, the pain felt from such an attack would be intolerable.<<

    The Moon is a living, thinking being? It's a large lump of rock. Even if it was true, the 'pain' would be no worse than a gnat bite to us, in fact rather less. And considering the impacts that the moon has sustained before, in evidence in the scarred and cratered surface, do they really think that making a new crater that won't even be visible to us here on Earth is going to bother it?

    >>We should all be asking ‘Why?’ ‘What will be next?’ And, how far will we be pushed before we stand together and demand that this craziness, inflicted by those who supposedly ‘care for us’ stop?<<

    The only craziness here is from people who don't take the time to educate themselves on matters of scale and composition. The Moon, which may look small from here, is absolutely vast on the scale of anything we humans can do. There is nothing we could ever do to the Moon that could have 'catastrophic' consequences. Even putting every explosive device we have in the world, conventional and nuclear, in one spot and detonating them all together would only create a moderately sized crater. It would have no effect on us whatsoever.

    >>We intend to create a circle of light around the Earth, as we merge our hearts in prayer, and radiate this light circle to cloak the Moon with our intentions, our hearts, our gratitude for what she gives us, and our demands that she be protected.<<

    What a load of rubbish. Don't be taken in by it.

  • Linda
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    First, if you're going to post word-for-word article excerpts from the Seattle Exopolitics Examiner, give the source. Otherwise it's called plagiarism. Second, those Apollo 11 UFO stories were debunked by James Oberg in 1982. There is no alien base on the far side of the Moon. Third, NASA is not bombing the Moon. One of the LCROSS rocket stages is going to impact the Moon. No bombs are involved.

  • 1 decade ago

    They're not bombing anything. What they are doing is allowing a section of a space craft to crash on the surface of the moon. The impact will cause debris to be thrown up that a satellite can analyze, There is no explosive involved and this is by no means the first object to impact the moon. Different space agencies have been crashing objects on the moon, intentionally and unintentionally, for 50 years! Do you even know what a "kinetic weapon" is? If you throw a rock, the rock is a kinetic weapon because you are exerting force to propel the rock. Gravity and inertia will turn a spent stage of a rocket into a "kinetic weapon" that will impact the moon. I don't know who came up with this "prayer for the moon" nonsense but they don't know what they're talking about.

  • Rick A
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    With Today's Breathtaking News:

    "A treadmill named after TV comedian Stephen Colbert, of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," will also be moved into the space station by Discovery's crew. NASA named the treadmill for Colbert as a consolation prize after he won an online poll to have a new space station room named after him earlier this year. NASA named that room Tranquility instead, but dubbed the treadmill the

    "Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill,"

    or COLBERT,"

    I propose that the "Kinetic Weapon" be dubbed the

    "Collision: Hydro Experiment - North EntrY,"

    or CHENEY.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This e-mail is very inaccurate. It refers to the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS). One of its rocket stages is going to impact the Moon in October. There are no bombs involved.

    Do I think this will change the gravitational effect the Moon has on Earth? No. The LCROSS stage that will impact the Moon has a mass of 2,300 lb. During the Apollo program, six Lunar Module ascent stages were deliberately crashed into the Moon. Each ascent stage had a mass of 10,024 lb. The LM impacts didn't induce any vibrations on Earth, so why should the LCROSS impact do this?

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Vehicles have hit the moon before. This one has a purpose besides creating a shock.

    The crater to be formed will not be 5km deep. The vehicle may go into one that size that is already there. This is to give the best chance of remaining water on Moon.

    The moon gets hit a lot by space rocks. It is still there.

    No big deal.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. And I was online for the group prayer today.

    Here are the NASA links for those folks below who have said that this is not true. This is really happening.

    The plume from the impact will be visible from Earth. The NASA site lists visibility factors, etc.

    What amazes me is that no one is considering that the impact of this mission could push this hallowed (and hollow) satellite out of orbit. And since our moon affects tides and tectonic movement on the Earth, what will the effect be on us?

    While we are waiting for the astronomical, historical, and biblical prophecies of 2012 to occur, it appears as if man just might be the orchestrator of his own apocalyptic end.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    You have been misinformed. There are no explosives or weapon at all involved. All that is going to happen is that a payload is going to slam into the moon's surface near the south pole of the moon to see if if ice is part of the ejecta when the payload impacts the moon while satellites are observing the impact. Repeat, there are not explosives or weapons on the missile/payload that will impact the surface of the moon.

    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/main/

  • 1 decade ago

    Like some people suggest, we have discovered alien bases on the moon. Maybe the world is fighting a secret war with them and have now discovered a weapon to penetrate the moons crust to hit the underground bases?

    Source(s): Aww YEEAH!
  • DLM
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    It's a controlled impact. There are no warheads on the payload.

    And an explosion on the Moon would be rather uneventful even if there were.

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