Moon bombing video, photos hit Web

The NASA moon bombing was successful. Now the hunt is on for videos and photos from the LCROSS mission.

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Cian O'Brien and his father Cian watch a live video of the twin impacts of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, and its rocket's upper stage as they impact the moon at the NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California, October 9.

On Friday, NASA sent two projectiles spiraling into the Cabeus crater – an endeavor that the agency hopes will confirm that water in the frigid crater is there concentrated as ice. As Monitor reporter Peter Spotts noted today, we won't know the results for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, we've got the LCROSS videos.

And lots of 'em.

Among the best moon bombing videos we could find is the one posted below, which was originally streamed live by NASA. Now obviously, this isn't a Michael Bay movie. The NASA feed is good, but not extraordinary, and there certainly aren't any roaring fireballs or clouds of dust and moon powder. How about giant man-eating robots? Not a chance.

Michael Bicay, the science director a NASA’s Ames Research Center, admitted as much. “It’s hard to tell what we saw here," Bicay said. In fact, the video might as well have been of a block of pockmarked blue cheese.

Still, amateur astronomers are eating this stuff up. Searches for LCROSS impact video and photos flooded the web on Friday, and the video sharing site YouTube hosted a bunch of different clips – some of better quality than others. Got a better video? Send it our way.

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