January 21, Los Altos Hills, California

Prospecting for Water on the Moon

Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, CA
The Upcoming LCROSS Mission
Speaker: Anthony Colaprete, NASA Ames Research Center

Date & Time: Wednesday, January 21, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, El Monte Road and Freeway 280, in Los Altos Hills, California
Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts--Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders--held a live broadcast from l

Apollo 8, the first manned mission to the moon, entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1968. That evening, the astronauts--Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders--held a live broadcast from l

This coming April, NASA will purposely crash two spacecraft into one of the Moon's polar regions. The impacts should raise huge plumes of material, visible even to smaller telescopes on Earth. Astronomers will search for evidence of water in the plumes to get a better sense of how much frozen water may lay hidden in the deep, shadowed craters of the Moon's North and South poles.

Dr. Colaprete, the Principal Investigator for this intriguing mission, will fill us in on why scientists believe there is water on the Moon (even though there is no air), and how we might put such water to use in future exploration. He will preview the LCROSS mission and discuss the campaign to observe the plumes from Earth and space.

This talk is part of the local events celebrating the International Year of Astronomy in 2009.

Free and open to the public. Parking on campus costs $2.

Call the series hot-line at 650-949-7888 for more information.

No background in science will be required for this talk. Seating is first come, first served.

Co-sponsored by:
NASA Ames Research Center
The Foothill College Astronomy Program
The SETI Institute
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Past Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures are available
in MP3 format at: http://www.astrosociety.org/education/podcast/index.html

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