After Hours

NASA spacecraft crashes into the moon

On Friday morning, NASA successfully rammed the LCROSS satellite and its booster rocket into a crater near the south pole of the moon in an attempt to search for hidden pockets of ice.

The Centaur booster rocket hit the Cabeus crater at 4:31 a.m. PT and the LCROSS satellite followed at 4:36 a.m. PT.

Although the flash from LCROSS didn't produce spectacular fireworks as many had hoped, it can be seen as a small pinpoint in the center in this image. A zoom is at bottom left and an even larger image of the flash is at bottom right. NASA's live coverage went blank just as the impacts occurred but the space agency says their instruments were working.

See gallery of LCROSS preparations.

Credit: NASA TV