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As part of the 10th annual Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series, Anthony Colaprete of the NASA Ames Research Center will discuss the LCROSS Mission on Lunar Exploration
, an illustrated, non-technical lecture, Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 7 p.m.
in the Smithwick Theatre at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills. Admission is free and the public is invited. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Arrive early to locate parking.
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. This talk is part of the local events celebrating the International Year of Astronomy in 2009
Dr. Colaprete, the principal investigator for this intriguing mission, will reveal 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.
The free lecture series is sponsored by the Foothill College Astronomy Program, NASA Ames Research Center, SETI Institute and Astronomical Society of the Pacific.
Visitors must purchase a campus parking permit for $2. Parking lots 1, 7 and 8 provide stair and no-stair access to the theatre. For more information, access www.foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7888.