29 June 2009
Soviet Academy of Science 1927 expedition led by Leonid Kulik
Tunguska 101th anniversary 30JUN09
Tomorrow, Tuesday June 30, 2009 marks the one-hundred-first anniversary of the Tunguska impact event in Russia of June 30, 1908. Wikipedia has a very good report on Tunguska:
... At around 7:17 a.m. local time, Tungus natives and Russian settlers in the hills northwest of Lake Baikal observed a column of bluish light, nearly as bright as the Sun, moving across the sky. About 10 minutes later, there was a flash and a sound similar to artillery fire. Eyewitnesses closer to the explosion reported the sound source moving east to north. The sounds were accompanied by a shock wave that knocked people off their feet and broke windows hundreds of miles away. The majority of eyewitnesses reported only the sounds and the tremors, and not the sighting of the explosion. Eyewitness accounts differ as to the sequence of events and their overall duration. ... (more)
28 June 2009
Revista Abril de 2005
Vida y fosilización en el desierto antártico.
Carmen Ascaso, Centro de Ciencias Medioambientales, CSIC, y Jacek Wierzchos, Universitat de Lleida. Artículo publicado en la revista El Ecologista nº 43, primavera 2005
Los estudios llevadas a cabo por los autores en la Antártida están sirviendo para sentar las bases sobre las técnicas que permitan detectar formas y restos de vida en Marte o en los meteoritos. ...(more)
Một phần vật liệu cấu tạo nên trái đất là thiên thạch có nguồn gốc trong vũ trụ. Theo học giả Phipipp Heck đến từ Đại học Chicago và các đồng sự của mình, những thiên thạch đó trẻ hơn so với các dự đoán của các lý thuyết hiện hành. ...(more)
27 June 2009
MORE: www.sikhote-alin.org WWW.SPACEROCKSINC.COM
Over the Kimberley Region of northern Western Australia, satellite sensors and airplane passengers alike can see a giant arachnid sprawling over the arid landscape. This spider’s not just big, it’s old. This prehistoric monster crawls out of the past as if to remind us of the destructive power of the cosmos.
The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of Spider Crater and its surroundings on August 11, 2000. In this false-color image, the arid landscape appears in varying shades of crimson. Water appears blue-black, namely in the meandering river near the bottom edge of the image. Vegetation appears in shades of red. While vegetation looks sparse throughout the area, the intense red dots along the river indicate fairly lush—if intermittent—vegetation lining the riverbanks.
Near the center of the image is the Spider, sunlight giving an oddly ghostlike appearance to the steep ridges that form its legs. Geologists long puzzled over what this structure was, but found an important clue in the 1970s. They found shatter cones—cone-shaped, grooved rocks known only to appear in craters left by meteor or asteroid impacts. Other clues to the structure’s origin appeared in the form of strongly deformed layers of sedimentary rock that showed evidence of extraterrestrial trauma.
Spider Crater rests in a depression some 13 by 11 kilometers (8 by 7 miles) across. Meteorite craters often have central areas of uplift, and Spider Crater fits this pattern, with a central dome roughly 500 meters (1,640 feet) in diameter. Radiating from this central dome are features unusual in impact craters in general, but important in giving this crater its nickname. Overlapping beds of tough sandstone that have weathered the elements far better than the surrounding rocks form the spider’s “legs.” So while Spider Crater sits in a depression and has a central uplift area characteristic of impact craters, it shows extreme differences in erosion, giving it a unique appearance.
The age of Spider Crater is uncertain, but its formation has been estimated to fall between 900 and 600 million years ago. If this age estimate is correct, the crater formed from an impact that occurred during the Neoproterozoic, a period of geologic history when, some geologists hypothesize, Earth underwent a series of global ice ages nicknamed “Snowball Earth.”
- McHone, J.F., Roddy, D.J., Shoemaker, C.S., Williams, K.K., Klemaszewski, J.E. (2002). Spider impact structure, Western Australia imaged with Space Shuttle radar. Thirty-third Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.
- Wikipedia. (2007, September 29). Spider Crater. Accessed March 27, 2008.
NASA image created by Jesse Allen, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. Caption by Michon Scott.
Brockton area libraries expect surge of patrons this summer during bad economy
... West Bridgewater, Massachusetts: Display of lunar rock and meteorite samples from NASA beginning July 13 in Library ...
HOUSTON -- NASA will offer reporters an unprecedented chance to
conduct interviews with scientists inside the lab that stores moon
rocks Apollo astronauts collected during their six missions. The July
2 interview opportunities from the Apollo Lunar Sample Processing Lab
and Storage Vaults at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will
take place nearly 40 years after humans first walked on the moon.
Using the NASA Television's Live Interview Media Outlet satellite
channel, news organizations will have a chance to talk with
scientists who study the lunar samples. The interviews will originate
from inside the lunar sample vault, amid the trays of moon rocks and
soil samples. Among the samples are those Apollo 11 astronauts Neil
Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin brought back to Earth in July 1969.
Live interview opportunities will be available from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. CDT with lunar sample scientists Gary Lofgren
and Andrea Mosie. Lofgren is the lunar curator at Johnson and has
been with the lab since the Apollo era. Mosie has been a scientist in
the current lab since it opened in 1979.
To participate in the interviews, journalists should contact Victor
Scott at 281-483-4942 or firstname.lastname@example.org no later than noon,
The public also will have an opportunity to take a virtual tour of the
lunar sample lab and ask the scientists questions via Ustream and
Twitter from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. The public can submit questions to
Johnson's Twitter account, @NASA_Johnson, beginning today and via
Ustream live during the event. The tour and the question-and-answer
session also will be broadcast live on NASA TV.
To view the live broadcast on Ustream and submit questions, visit:
Between 1969 and 1972, six Apollo spaceflight missions brought back
842 pounds and 22,000 separate samples of lunar rocks, core samples,
pebbles, sand and dust from the lunar surface. The majority of the
samples are stored at the Apollo Lunar Sample Processing Lab and
Storage Vaults at Johnson, with a small subset held at the White
Sands Space Harbor in New Mexico. The samples continue to be studied
by scientists around the world. The work has provided invaluable
knowledge as NASA prepares to return to the moon.
The NASA Live Interview Media Outlet satellite channel will be used
for the event. The channel is a digital satellite C-band downlink by
uplink provider Americom. It is on satellite AMC 6, transponder 5C,
located at 72 degrees west, downlink frequency 3785.5 Mhz based on a
standard C-band 5150 Mhz L.O., vertical polarity, FEC is 3/4, data
rate is 6.00 Mhz, symbol rate is 4.3404 Mbaud, transmission DVB,
minimum Eb/N0 is 6.0 dB. For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and
schedule information, visit:
For more information about the Apollo lunar samples and lab, visit:
NASA is planning a number of activities and events in 2009 as the 40th
anniversary of the first moon landing on July 20 approaches. The
events will celebrate the Apollo Program, its accomplishments, and
the benefits to our lives today. For more information, visit:
26 June 2009
The Complicated Geologic History of Asteroid 4 Vesta--- Meteorites from asteroid 4 Vesta show that it contains patches of granite-like rock.
Written by G. Jeffrey Taylor
Hawai‘i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology
Planetary scientists are pretty sure that almost all of the HED meteorites come from the fourth-largest asteroid, 4 Vesta. HED stands for the three types of rocks that make up the group. As cosmochemists have studied the meteorites over the years, their view of the geologic history of the asteroid has become progressively more complicated. Jean-Alix Barrat and Marcel Bohn (CNRS and University of Brest, France), Philippe Gillet (CNRS and Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France), and Akira Yamaguchi (National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, Japan) have found that Vesta is even more complicated--and interesting--than we thought. ... (more) http://www.psrd.hawaii.edu/June09/Vesta.granite-like.html
- Prattville Progress - - Jun 24, 2009... over 80 million years ago by a large meteor that struck the area -- it remains the lone confirmed meteorite crater in the entire state of Alabama. ...
- The cause of the Tunguska explosion of 1908 has long been debated – a new study based on the behaviour of the space shuttle's exhaust suggests a comet was to blameNew Scientist - Jun 25 9:39 AM
- Want more Straight Dope? Robbers in Barren Times Cecil cashes in on notorious money-makers. Posted: June 10, 2009 NASA Sucks at Product Placement Cecil again goes over why Tang didn't make the gov't rich.Washington City Paper - Jun 24 3:12 PM
- Discover Magazine - - Jun 24, 2009Lonsdaleite forms only under the extreme pressure and heat accompanying meteorite impacts, while wurtzite boron nitride is a by-product of intense volcanic ...
- Financial Times - - Jun 19, 2009He wants to travel to a remote village in northern Bosnia-Herzegovina to recover a meteorite that smashed through the roof of a farmhouse there, ...
25 June 2009
Meteor lights up the sky
Loud boom heard, bright streak seen across the region late Tuesday
By Derek Jordan and Ted Morris
Published/Last Modified on Thursday, Jun 25, 2009 - 02:18:09 am MST
SIERRA VISTA — A number of southeastern Arizona residents reported seeing a bright meteor in the night sky Tuesday, followed by a loud explosion-like sound as it fell to Earth. ... more
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
Numerous people called in to news stations and police last night, around 9:20 pm, when a bright fireball lit up the skies over Tucson. It may have been a chunk of cosmic debris, or it could have been a satellite or pieces of space junk burning up in the atmosphere. ... (more)
A security camera captured the terminal burst:
Geoff Notkin interview with Tucson TV station KOLD 13 on morning news:
24 June 2009
Chicora MeteorOn June 24, 1938 a meteorite fell in the vicinity of Chicora,Pennsylvania. Named the "Chicora Meteor", the 450+ tonne meteor exploded approximately twelve miles above the Earth's surface. Only two fragments of the meteorite were found following initial investigations. They had masses 242g and 61g, and were discovered some miles short of the calculated point of impact of the main mass - which is yet to be found. Two more small fragments were found nearby in 1940.
Numerous reports of the Chicora Meteor mention that a cow was struck and injured by a falling stone; other accounts say that the cow was in fact killed by the stone.
The meteor was an olivine-hypersthene chondrite. Its remains were split between the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian Institution.
The sound and light of the exploding meteor were initially mistaken for an explosion in the powder magazine at West Winfield, and was compared by investigators FW Preston, EP Henderson and James R Randolph as comparable to with the Halifax explosion of 1917 in destructive power. "If it had landed on Pittsburgh there would have been few survivors", they stated.
22 June 2009
Tuscia Web - Viterbo - 22 giugno 2009
Il meteorite è stato descritto dai testimoni come un oggetto luminoso che volava ad alta velocità sopra San Martino e che probabilmente è caduta a qualche ... (more)
Astrobiology Magazine - Michael Schirber
... compare these results to other carbonaceous-mineral associations known to be of non-biological origin, including minerals found in a Martian meteorite. ... (more)
20 June 2009
Meteor Crater is perhaps the best-known example of a small impact crater on the Earth.
- To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing, we are giving readers the chance to win a piece of lunar meteorite. But how do we know it's genuine, asks Roger HighfieldNew Scientist - Jun 19
(Buzzard Coulee, Canada meteorite fall in 2008)
Avec les commentaires d'Alain Carion, Docteur es Sciences et chasseur de météorites
posted by MrValaba on YouTube
17 June 2009
19 June 2009
No answer on mystery fire starter
Kallee Buchanan | 22nd June 2009
THE mystery fire on Hazle Marland's Gaeta property is still burning - just like
the questions about what started it. ...(more)
Mystery object falls to earth
AN air and ground search of the area where a bright flash and explosion was witnessed early this morning has failed to find an obvious cause. ... (more)
The Courier Mail - Jun 18 3:20 PM
Unidentified flying object crashes into mountain
by Robyn Ironside and Leanne Edmistone @ Courier Mail.Com
June 19, 2009 08:20am
AN object seen crashing into a mountain in central Queensland within the past hour is now believed to be a meteorite or space junk.
An Emergency Services spokeswoman said the Triple-O call was initially treated as a possible plane crash at Takilberan Creek near Gin Gin but the Australian Search and Rescue Authority has received “no mayday or distress calls”. ...
18 June 2009
Organized by Vishnu Reddy and Bangalore Astronomical Society
The National Level workshop on "Asteroids, Comets and Meteorites" sponsored by the Bangalore Astronomical Society was held on June 13 & 14, 2009 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium, Bangalore.
The following videos of the workshop involve the session where participants were divided into groups for the meteorite hunt. 4 pieces of meteorite were hidden on the planetarium campus and the participants had to find them. The winners took home the meteorite pieces.
The Bangalore Astrological Society (BAS) is a registered, non-profit amateur astronomy organisation based in Bangalore, India. The group intends to create a base for all amateur-astronomy related activities and to popularise astronomy as a science.
About Vishnu Reddy
Vishnu Reddy is one of the most successful amateur astronomers from India. He has been credited with the discovery of 22 main belt asteroids, two binary near-Earth asteroids, six main-belt binary asteroids,and a supernova by the International Astronomical Union. One of his asteroid discoveries has been named 78118 Bharat in honor of his motherland.
Meteorite Hunt @ ACM Workshop by Vishnu Reddy and Bangalore Astronomical Society - Part 1
07:11 - Today youtube.com
- NEW DELHI: Microbiologists in Maharashtra have found 'magnetic bacteria' in the ancient Lonar lake formed due to meteorite impact, a finding that might open a vista for searching extra-terrestrial life. ... (more)The Times of India - Jun 17 11:45 PM
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(c) geobahalos 2009
Photos were taken on June 12, at 21:30, west of Thessaloniki, Greece. The phenomenon lasted about 30 seconds. I have ten pictures of this. It was absolutely spectacular and I am really happy to have been able to capture it with my camera.
Uploaded on June 13, 2009
sueddeutsche.de - 17.06.09
Microbe Wakes Up After 120,000 YearsLiveScience.com jeanna Bryner
livescience.com – Mon Jun 15, 11:46 am ET
After more than 120,000 years trapped beneath a block of ice in Greenland, a tiny microbe has awoken. The long-lasting bacteria may hold clues to what life forms might exist on other planets.
Pierre-Marie Pele has returned home from an expedition in Altai (Bayan-Olgii province), in western Mongolia.
While in Ulan-Bator, I visited the National History Museum with a room dedicated to meteorites. ... more text and photos at:
Story by Pierre-Marie Pele
17 June 2009
Alles over sterrekunde - 16 Juni 2009
Original story in English- "Meteorite Grains Divulge Earth`s Cosmic Roots", University of Chicago
Μια πύρινη γραμμή στον ουρανό, πιθανότατα από πτώση μετεώρου, ανέφεραν ότι είδαν το βράδυ της Παρασκευής μάρτυρες στη Βόρεια Ελλάδα, την Αλβανία και την ΠΓΔΜ.
Το φαινόμενο καταγράφηκε και από τον πύργο ελέγχου του Αεροδρομίου Μακεδονίας, μετέδωσε η ΕΡΤ3.
Ο καθηγητής Αστρονομίας, Σταύρος Αυγολούπης απέδωσε τη λάμψη σε μικρό διαστημικό βράχο που εισήλθε στη γήινη ατμόσφαιρα ως βολίδα.
Αγνωστο παραμένει το εάν επρόκειτο για μετέωρο που διαλύθηκε στον αέρα, ή για μετεωρίτη που έφτασε μέχρι το έδαφος -το δεύτερο ενδεχόμενο είναι σημαντικά πιο απίθανο.
Το φαινόμενο, πάντως, δεν καταγράφηκε από το Αστεροσκοπείο Θεσσαλονίκης.
Newsroom ΔΟΛ, με πληροφορίες από ΑΠΕ-ΜΠΕhttp://www.in.gr/news/article.asp?lngEntityID=1023333&lngDtrID=252
Επεσε μετεωρίτης στη Μακεδονία;
Ενα μετέωρο έπεσε με τρόπο εντυπωσιακό στην περιοχή της Βόρειας Ελλάδας ή των όμορων χωρών, σύμφωνα με αυτόπτες μάρτυρες τόσο στη χώρα μας όσο και στις γειτονικές.
Το φαινόμενο ήταν τόσο έντονο και σαφές, ώστε έγινε αντιληπτό μέχρι και από τον πύργο ελέγχου του αεροδρομίου Μακεδονία στη Θεσσαλονίκη, αλλά και σε Αλβανία και ΠΓΔΜ, όπως ανέφερε το βορειοελλαδίτικο κανάλι της κρατικής τηλεόρασης.
Σχολιάζοντας εκεί το γεγονός ο καθηγητής Αστρονομίας Σταύρος Αυγολούπης απέδωσε την εντυπωσιακή λάμψη στο διόλου σπάνιο «φαινόμενο της βολίδας».
Δεν έχει γίνει άμεσα γνωστό εάν έχουν ξεκινήσει έρευνες για τον εντοπισμό του μετεωρίτη, στην περίπτωση που έφτασε σε σημαντικό μέγεθος στο έδαφος, καθώς θα αποτελούσε προφανώς εξαιρετικό αντιμείμενο επιστημονικής μελέτης.
From Grigoris Maravelias in Greece (Meteorobs):
1. The bolide time was around 21:00 - 21:30 local time (18:00-18:30 UT)
2. duration (depending on witnesses) from 5-10 sec, one mentioning 15 sec
and another one 26 sec
3. green color
4. direction west to north west
5. position close to horizon (perhaps parallel)
6. around 40deg trace
7. fragmentation (3-4 pieces)
8. seen from western part of Greece mainly (Chania of Crete, Patra,
Corfu, Thessaloniki and Athens)
Pravda.Ru- text/ video by Life.Ru
The Boguslavka meteorite fell on October 18, 1916 in the Far East, 220 kilometers from Vladivostok. "All the people in the village were watching the meteorite falling. One of the villagers even made a drawing of the remarkable phenomenon with water colors,” says Michael Nazarov, the head of the museum.
For more photos and story from Life.Ru in Russian:
Science Daily Mon, 15 Jun 2009 19:26 PM PDT
The interstellar stuff that became incorporated into the planets and life on Earth has younger cosmic roots than theories predict, according to researchers.... (more)
16 June 2009
Meteors cause flare alert calls
Calls were made to coastguards across England's south coast, including Cornwall, Devon and Hampshire, reporting white and green flares. Reports were also made to coastguards in Jersey and France for about 30 minutes from about 2130 BST on Monday. ... (more)
Malaysia Meteorite News- # 260kg Meteorite To Be Dislayed At USM Museum PENANG, June 15 (Bernama) -- 260kg Meteorite to be Displayed 15JUN09
15 June 2009
By Earl Conn
Sunday, 14 June 2009 00:00
KENTLAND — Several years ago-well, about 65 to 97 million years ago-a gigantic meteorite struck the earth just east of present-day Kentland in northwestern Indiana’s Benton County. ... (more)
Friday 12 June, around 18.25 U.T. occurred in Puglia, Southern Italy,
a very luminous bolide, perhaps observers from Greece, Albania, Montenegro
saw this bolide, or via radio in all Europe, if yes, please write all data to: email@example.com
(Meteor section of UAI [Unione Astrofili Italiani])
Thank you very much.
14 June 2009
Cumberland, West Virginia
Just as you look up at the night sky and contemplate the meaning of the universe, your train of thought is interrupted by a streaking light blazing across the sky. What you just saw was a shooting star. ...
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Ο βομβαρδισμός της Γης από μετεωρίτες την έκανε πιο κατοικήσιμη
Η μελέτη έγινε από βρετανούς επιστήμονες, υπό τον Ρίτσαρντ Κορτ, του Τμήματος Γεωεπιστημών του Αυτοκρατορικού Κολλεγίου (Imperial College) του Λονδίνου, και δημοσιεύτηκε στο γεωχημικό περιοδικό "Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta", σύμφωνα με το BBC. ... (more) http://www.ana.gr/anaweb/user/showplain?maindoc=7692443&maindocimg=7692470&service=143
BY STEPHEN CLARK
Posted: June 10, 2009
An Australian telescope observed the controlled crash of Japan's Kaguya lunar probe into the moon Wednesday, an important warm-up act before a NASA impactor attempts a similar feat in October with much higher stakes. ...(more)
11 June 2009
New Mexico green fireball painting
by Mrs. Lincoln La Paz,
April 7, 1952 LIFE Magazine
Excerpts From Wikipedia:
for the full story.
Early green fireballs
The earliest reports came from late November 1948, but were at first dismissed as military green flares. Then on the night of December 5, two separate plane crews in New Mexico, one military and one civilian, asserted that they had each seen strange green lights, though about 20 minutes apart. The military pilots were near Las Vegas, New Mexico, and described the light as intense, and if a flare, it was the strangest one they had ever seen. The civilian pilot was near Albuquerque and described the light as pale green. It appeared to come straight at them on a collision course, forcing the pilot to swerve the plane.
In addition, on the same night, a dozen green fireballs were seen traveling generally north to south between 7:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. by security guards at military installations in the vicinity of Albuquerque and Las Vegas, New Mexico. The sightings near Albuquerque were at Sandia base, a highly sensitive installation where atomic bombs were assembled near Kirtland Air Force Base. The next night, a similar green light was again spotted for a few seconds over Sandia base.
AFOSI consulted Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, an astronomer from the University of New Mexico and a world renowned meteor expert who had previously worked on top-secret military projects. LaPaz himself saw a "green fireball" on December 12, which was also seen at Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, enabling LaPaz to determine the trajectory using triangulation. From this LaPaz discovered that the center of the trajectory was straight over Los Alamos.
Finally, on December 20 after nearly a year of foot-dragging, the instrument observation program was approved and Project Twinkle was born. The first instrument post (consisting of two officers) was established at Holloman Air Force Base in February 1950. Only one other instrument post was ever set up. LaPaz criticized Project Twinkle as inadequate, arguing the green fireballs were worthy of "intensive, systematic investigation". Twinkle did manage to record a few events, but the data collected was said to be incomplete in the final Twinkle report. Besides, it was stated, no funding had been provided for follow-up data analysis. In addition, the fireball activity near the observation posts seemed to virtually disappear, as noted in a report from September: "It may be considered significant that fireballs have ceased abruptly as soon as a systematic watch was set up."
Over the objections of LaPaz and others, the final report on Project Twinkle concluded the green lights were probably a natural event, maybe sunspot activity or an unusual concentration of meteors. The report stated, "There has been no indication that even the somewhat strange observations often called 'Green Fireballs' are anything but natural phenomena." Twinkle was discontinued in December 1951.
Despite efforts of the final Twinkle report to downplay the fireballs and other studied UFO phenomena as natural, a follow-up report in February 1952 from the USAF Directorate of Intelligence disagreed:
- The Scientific Advisory Board Secretariat has suggested that this project not be declassified for a variety of reasons, chief among which is that no scientific explanation for any of the fireballs and other phenomena was revealed by the report and that some reputable scientists still believe that the observed phenomena are man-made.
It was also stated that some of the scientists continued to believe they were Russian spy devices. Besides LaPaz, this included Dr. Anthony Mirarchi, the first director of Project Twinkle.
The following month, another letter from the Directorate of Intelligence to the Research Division of the Directorate of Research and Development again stated that the report should not be publicly released, since no real solution had been provided:
- It is believed that a release of the information to the public in its present condition would cause undue speculation and give rise to unwarranted fears among the populace such as occurred in previous releases on unidentified flying objects. This results from releases when there has been no real solution.
Military Hush-Up: Incoming Space Rocks Now Classified
By Leonard David
SPACE.com's Space Insider Columnist
posted: 10 June 2009
For 15 years, scientists have benefited from data gleaned by U.S. classified satellites of natural fireball events in Earth's atmosphere – but no longer.
A recent U.S. military policy decision now explicitly states that observations by hush-hush government spacecraft of incoming bolides and fireballs are classified secret and are not to be released, SPACE.com has learned. ... (more)
10 June 2009
Image by JAXA 2009 Projected Selene Impact Site
Japan's Kaguya (Selene) will crash into the Moon on Wednesday, June 10th, around 1830 UT. The timing favors observers in Asia and Australia, who might be able to see a flash of light or a plume of debris rising from the Moon's southeastern limb. The spacecraft masses 2,600 kg and it will slam into the lunar surface at 6,000 km/hr. No one knows, however, how bright the flash might be or whether it will be visible even through large telescopes. Images of the crash, if any are captured, will be posted on http://spaceweather.com
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency(JAXA) launched "KAGUYA (SELENE)" using the H-IIA Launch Vehicle at 10:31:01 a.m. on September 14, 2007 (JST) from Tanegashima Space Center.
The major objectives of the "KAGUYA" mission were to obtain scientific data of the lunar origin and evolution and to develop the technology for the future lunar exploration.
"KAGUYA" consisted of a main orbiting satellite at about 100km altitude and two small satellites (Relay Satellite and VRAD Satellite) in polar orbit. The orbiters carried instruments for scientific investigation of the Moon, on the Moon, and from the Moon.
Derwesten.de - Nordrhein-Westfalen,Germany
Neben dem 14-jährigen Gerrit Blank fiel ein Meteorit vom Himmel und verletzte den Schüler an der Hand. „Erst habe ich nur einen großen, weißen Lichtkegel ... (more with photos)