NASA photos show moon strike created plume

October 17, 2009 5:18:31 PM PDT
Scientists say NASA's much-hyped mission to hurl a spacecraft into the moon turned out some worthwhile data after all. They say the mission went off great even though many observers had expressed disappointment that the Oct. 9 impact was less than spectacular.

New images released over the weekend show a mile-high plume of lunar debris from the Cabeus crater shortly after the space agency's Centaur rocket struck.

Anthony Colaprete, the mission's chief scientist, says they were amazed by the data which appears to be very high quality.

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On the Net: NASA's LCROSS site: http://www.nasa.gov/lcross


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