NASA's GRAIL mission to explore moon
The twin GRAIL spacecraft will map the moon's gravity field, as depicted in this artist's rendering, says NASA.
September 7th, 2011
09:24 AM ET

NASA's GRAIL mission to explore moon

[Updated September 9, 10:02 am ET] GRAIL's launch has scrubbed a second time for high winds. The next opportunities for launch are Saturday: 8:29 or 9:08 am ET.

[Updated September 8, 9:26 am ET] GRAIL's launch has scrubbed for the day due to out-of-tolerance high-level wind conditions. NASA has two opportunities to launch on Friday: 8:33 or 9:12 am ET.

Change, big change is coming, says Maria Zuber. “I’m predicting that we’re gonna find something and I don’t know what it is,” says Zuber, “and it’s really gonna surprise us and turn our understanding of how the moon and other terrestrial planets formed on its ear”.

Zuber is the principal scientist for NASA’s GRAIL Mission to the moon. GRAIL is a space agency acronym for Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory. The mission is designed to try and figure out what the moon is made of. GRAIL has two chances to launch on Thursday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida: 8:37 a.m. and 9:16 a.m. EDT.

The Apollo astronauts brought back more than eight hundred pounds of rock and soil. There have been more than one hundred unmanned missions to the moon. But none of these has answered the question of what’s below the surface.

“The part of lunar understanding we don’t have yet is what’s inside the moon. So to really understand what makes it special, we need to study what’s inside,” says Zuber.

Two probes, the size of washing machines, make up GRAIL.  After their launch, they will take a three month long, fuel-saving route to the moon. Once they arrive, the probes will dip down into orbit flying one behind the other about thirty-five miles above the lunar surface.

Because gravity is not uniform, the tug on the probes will vary as they fly over differing lunar features: mountains, valleys or masses hidden below the surface. As the tug of gravity changes, the distance between the two spacecraft will change. For eighty days, instruments on board GRAIL A and GRAIL B will measure the changes.

From the measurements, scientists will ultimately be able to produce in essence a lunar CT scan. “It provides us essentially with a picture of the lunar interior just like you make a picture of the inside of your body,” says Zuber.

One theory holds that the moon was formed from the material blown into space following a collision between the Earth and another giant body. If that turns out to be the case, it will give scientists a better understanding of how the inner planets of the solar system were formed.

NASA is also doing something it’s never done before on a planetary mission. It is dedicating instruments, in this case four cameras on each GRAIL spacecraft, exclusively to education. Middle school students and their teachers can go to the “Moonkam” website. On the site, they will find the exact locations the GRAIL probes will be flying over. They can pick a site and request that it be photographed.

Leesa Hubbard is a teacher in residence at Sally Ride Science which is leading the “Moonkam” project.  Sally Ride was America’s first woman in space. Hubbard says, “I think once they begin to look at detailed images, when they go out in their backyard and look at the moon, they’re gonna look at it in a whole new way and I think that’s priceless.”

The program is open to students and teachers around the world. After you register and your picture request is accepted, you can follow the process. You’ll see when the commands are sent to the GRAIL probes to take the picture, when the picture is taken and finally, when it’s down linked and posted on the website photo gallery.

Right now, the plan is for the first pictures to be taken next March. For the next eighty days after, teachers and students can get their own personalized lunar snapshots.

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  1. curt

    "Moon To Have No-fly Zones By Month End"

    Why does the MOON need no fly zones?

    September 9, 2011 at 7:14 am |
  2. TG

    The moon was designed by our Creator, Jehovah God, for life and beauty.(Gen 1:16) Its diameter measures just over a quarter of that of the earth. Thus, when compared with other moons in our solar system, our moon is unusually large in relation to its host planet. Mere coincidence? No.

    For one thing, the moon is the principal cause of ocean tides, which play a vital role in earth’s ecology. The moon also contributes to the planet’s stable spin axis. Without its tailor-made moon, our planet would wobble like a spinning top, from nearly 0 to 85 degrees instead of the needed 23.4 degrees for seasonal changes, perhaps even tipping right over and turning on its side, as it were! The resulting climatic, tidal, and other changes would be catastrophic.

    September 8, 2011 at 10:45 am |
    • andres

      are u serious?

      September 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
    • curt

      I think the Freemasons made it out of dead slaves😐

      September 9, 2011 at 7:11 am |
    • F1end

      LOL, Jehovah!

      October 18, 2011 at 10:46 am |
    • Tr1Xen

      You're nuts.

      December 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  3. John Hein

    We have not been back to the moon because after the last moon landing Abe Lincoln said, "Any mission to the Moon without the pursuit of Beef Tacos is fool-hearty."

    Also Gandalf said, " You shall not pass!" Then ate the last Moon Beef Taco!

    September 8, 2011 at 10:33 am |
  4. whiskers

    The real question is, if the moon was made of spare ribs, would you eat it? I'll tell you what, i'd have seconds.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:17 am |
    • John Hein

      I think Beef Tacos!

      September 8, 2011 at 10:26 am |
    • curt

      Only if it was beef ribs... if it was pork I'd give it to the poor Muslims around the world.... ha...

      September 9, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  5. scottaw

    they dont care about us.elenin

    September 8, 2011 at 9:17 am |
  6. sosofresh

    for the moon-landing conspiracy folks: honest, sincere question, not meant to be snarky or condescending. We have telescopes that are capable of identifying what type of cigarette someone is smoking as they walk down the street from space, right? (possible exaggeration). Why don't we just point said telescope at the moon and see if there is a US flag, lunar rover vehicle(s) or the other stuff that was left behind after the apollo missions? if that stuff is up there, pretty good shot we landed. subject to speculation that would surely arise that we just launched that stuff up to the moon's surface, but never actually landed or set foot on the surface. seriously though, this seems like the easiest solution to satisfy doubters... either that we did or did not land. this HAS to have been suggested in the past, right?

    September 8, 2011 at 9:16 am |
    • Aezel

      Telescopes don't work like that. Go read up on them, you will see why this doesn't work because of the way the optics are set up. We do however, still bounce lasers off of reflectors left there by the mission. In fact, it wouldn't take more than a few thousand dollars of equipment if you wanted to invest the time and money, to go make a set up in your backyard and bounce a laser off of the reflector we left there and track it. Universities all over already do this to measure the moon's distance from us and is speed.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:25 am |
      • InaRushtoWait

        Congratulations on your post, you are clearly capable of reading.

        As Aezel is clearly aware – they have done this and the photos were in the sun newspaper YESTERDAY – and in other publications and online prior to the date of his post.

        May i now suggest it is time we consider having a black US president – has no one thought of this idea before ? ...f'ing ridiculous.

        September 8, 2011 at 10:36 am |
      • Aezel

        @Inarushtowait Indeed. I hadn't seen these pictures. However I'd point out that these were NOT taken by a telescope. They were taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which swooped in for a low pass over the landing sites.

        September 8, 2011 at 11:22 am |
  7. douglasjames

    While such a project is being funded and science is taking a step forward, how about sending Osama bin Ladin to find money to bring back to pay off his wonderful bail out packages that have failed.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:15 am |
  8. Aezel

    I will answer your stupidity one point by point. But be assured, it is nothing but stupidity. You should try reading some actual information on it instead of listening to whatever dumbs**t on TV fed you this crap, and then spewing your stupidity online.

    "The spacecraft they supposedly used had no radiation protection," – Wrong on two fronts. First of all, much retarded hype has been made about he Van Allen belts, which just shows how damn uneducated the hoax whackos are. You don't need any shielding to survive passing through them. As far as stellar radiation, the water supply was built to be tanked toward the sun in the manned capsule. And again, even the simple light hull of the craft provides enough protection for the few short days there and back. Even bringing this point up shows you don't know jack.

    "Of course our "moon rocks" revealed nothing, they weren't from the moon!" – Both a direct lie and another example of how utterly dumb you are. The moon rocks didn't "reveal nothing," they revealed a ton. They have been made available to geologists from hundreds of countries around the globe, and have been CONSTANTLY studied. Their completely novel and unique geologic nature has led to much more scientific understanding about how the moon formed and how old it was. Again, geologists from countries all over have studied these. If you are actually stupid enough to think that it would even be possible for an entire field of science from every country on the planet to be in on this you win the award for possibly the dumbest human being alive walking the planet.

    "Why did Russia never land on the moon if it was so easy to do? Of course they knew our missions were all nothing but fakes!" – Yeah. Actually, radio and observatory telescopes tracked the mission launch through low orbit and exiting lower orbit from Earth. Once it got too far out to be tracked radio telescopes continued to track it further. In addition multiple countries still today bounce lasers off of equipment left there by the missions. Russia had EVERY reason to be able to say we faked it. If they thought for even a second it was faked, they would have GLADLY blown the whistle. You being too stupid to realize this again paints you as of such low intelligence and so ignorant of history that I'm fairly sure there are several chimps more qualified to discuss the subject.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:10 am |
  9. Ted

    It still blows my mind that we can build something here on earth that can leave this planet, go into space and return to earth. But as it cool as that is, unfortunately it does cost a lot of money to build and launch these space vessels and equipment. What benefit doe the general population whose taxes pay for these missions get from learning about what the moon is made of? How will this information impact my every day life aside from my taxes paying for this? I'm not against the space program, but in lieu of the cost, especially now with our terrible economy, is it really that high of a priority now? There are so many people out of work struggling to survive and raise their families. I think the Space Program should be suspended until we get back on our feet, and use that money to invest in our economy and our people. Learning about the Moon or Mars is not going to feed, clothe, educate or employ people who are just trying to survive...

    September 8, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • UFOPilot

      I fail to see the logic in how cutting jobs in space exploration will create jobs.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:44 am |
      • Tim M, DrPH

        You clearly are disinformed about economics. The space program budget has been about 10 billion dollars per year. NASA has spent about 800,000,000 dollars, (yes, that is BILLIONS). A total waste of money with our current fiscal situation. By not spending 10 BILLION per year, that money could be redirected to help the poor, and middle classes get by, until our current economic situation improves. THEN consider spending this MASSIVE amount of money on NASA to "simply SEE what the moon is made of". What a joke...how will finding out what elements make up the moon, etc. help humanity in the SHORT RUN? uh, saving TEN BILLION dollars per year could be used for job creation, opening back up JOB SEARCH programs, which have beenb drastically cut . Some of this billions could be used for job creation, and help many more people in the long and short run. THAT is one simply way to create jobs by saving money. Welcome to class...you just got SCHOOLED!

        March 18, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • Interstel

      As someone else pointed out. Suspending NASA would put tens of thousands of people out of work. Why would you want to do that?

      Secondly. Space research consistently yields a return on investment aka ROI in business parlance that has always been quite useful to society as a whole. It has been calculated the money spent on the Apollo program and all the scientific developments that were created out of essentially returned into the economy $100 for each $1 spent. Many of the things you take as everyday commonplace items are the direct results of the spinoffs of Apollo moon mission research.

      Thirdly. NASA's budget has NEVER been adjusted for inflation for most of the last 30 years. So they actually are getting far less money then they were in 1980.

      And finally we really do need a moonbase and all the benefits to the economy that come with it. Their has been quite a bit of proposed projects that would generate all kinds of revenue once the initial investment phase was done. And really if you want to save money REDUCE the Department of Defenses budget to 1980's Pre-Reagan levels and that would save the government $300 billion a year.

      Interstel

      September 14, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  10. Beefburger

    “I’m predicting that we’re gonna find something and I don’t know what it is,”

    DECEPTICONS!

    September 8, 2011 at 9:02 am |
    • Justinstl

      There has to be a bigger better reason that we the public aren't being told as to why we are going back to the moon. Who knows? I know that we the public will never know....Not conspiracy stuff that most dream up but stuff that concerns the well being of our planet. For the people concerned about seeing what was left behind on there one would wonder why they havent sent rovers like the ones on mars with cameras to constantly monitor the moon and send back video images so the people can see that we were there. sending a rover to the moon is just as important and cost worthy as sending probes to map and scan the moon.

      September 8, 2011 at 10:40 am |
  11. Eric

    Judging by the comments in this message board, I support NASA's long-term goals. Maybe we can find intelligent life elsewhere in the galaxy, because we sure seem to lack it here on Earth.

    September 8, 2011 at 9:01 am |
    • humanbean

      Ha ha ha! Nice! But be careful what you wish for

      September 8, 2011 at 9:12 am |
    • jt_flyer

      Does NASA really have "long-term goals" I ask. NASA lost it's will or it was taken from it. We need leaders who understand the importance of space exploration! Who understand the technology it spawns. Privatization of space is a great concept that only in concert with NASA. Do you really think we would have landed on the moon entirely with private involvement. The problems with NASA are not just bureaucratic. NASA suffers from the same litigious society just like the rest of us. It manifests itself in NASA’s timid, uncertain approach to space exploration. Let me help you with a concept: Space will NEVER be “safe” by the very definition of the word. “Without risk”. When we hear current NASA scientist talk about the Apollo program they act as if they speaking of either, some ancient scientist with superior alien technology, OR like some reckless band of cowboys who just got lucky. The NASA can-do attitude is gone. Read the book “Riding Rockets” by Mike Mullane for an interesting perspective from a guy on the inside.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:16 am |
  12. Rick

    YOU WANT THE TRUTH? YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!!!! If the truth were believable somebody would have made "politcal hay" out of it by now. The truth is so volatile nobody wants anything to do with disclosing it for fear of being the one that caused the "Great Panic".

    September 8, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  13. Orange Sunshyne

    Everyone knows the moon is made of green cheese.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:59 am |
  14. Alien from Alfa Centuria

    I bet their finally going to reveal whats on the dark side of the moon. We will know in Dec of 2012.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:56 am |
  15. jt_flyer

    I'm surprised we're not begging some other country for a ride to get there. Either invest in NASA or get out of space entirely! Perfect time to make americans feel even worse about ourselves. We have to hitch hike like a 3rd world country. Great leadership

    September 8, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  16. toxictown

    Space stories certainly bring out the tin-foil-hat crowd!😉

    September 8, 2011 at 8:52 am |
  17. Steve

    spidy sense is tingling: “I’m predicting that we’re gonna find something and I don’t know what it is,”

    September 8, 2011 at 8:45 am |
  18. scottaw

    whats the real motive behind this?The presidents speech will overshadow this.Whats coming?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • Eric

      Are you asserting that NASA concocted up this mission years ago in anticipation of launching it on the same day as Barak Obama's speech? They must have a time machine too because this mission was planned while Bush was still in office.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:56 am |
      • scottaw

        the liberty bell has a crack ,Eric

        September 8, 2011 at 9:13 am |
  19. Concerned

    To send a probe to the moon to determine what it's made of is absolutely pointless and useless to us at this stage and also a COLOSSAL waste of taxpayer dollars that are DESPERATELY needed in a billion other places.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:31 am |
    • mx

      If we can't explore the wonders of the universe, what is the point of our existence? Perhaps we should just commit collective suicide and leave the world to more worthy lifeforms?

      September 8, 2011 at 8:47 am |
    • Michael

      Ignorance.......priceless!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:50 am |
  20. geobro

    try reading william l brians MOONGATE watch BUZZ ALDRINS youtube MONOLITH ON A MOON OF MARS christopher knight WHO BUILT THE MOON richard hoaglands MONOLITHS OF MARS THEN YOU MIGHT SEE THE BIG PICTURE

    September 8, 2011 at 7:41 am |
    • Aezel

      Ah yes a lot of pseudo-scientist garbage by people who aren't qualified to even be commenting. Oh geeze, yeah you really shocked me there............with your stupidity.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:15 am |
    • Hybridhor

      At least some of us know whats going on. Thank you.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:43 am |
  21. and my last name is Claus

    We NEVER landed in the moon. Stop fooling with american and worldwide minds. Period!!

    September 8, 2011 at 4:08 am |
    • Jim Tucker

      You're right we never landed "IN" the moon. Moron.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:16 am |
    • UFOPilot

      Sigh. Another one. This is like playing Whack-A-Mole.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:18 am |
      • humm...

        Whack-a-Fool! Though we might need bigger mallets to get through the thick skulls😛

        September 8, 2011 at 9:00 am |
    • Keel Hauler

      And the world is flat too, right? Shut up!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:26 am |
    • Michael

      No doubt another fine product of the Mississippi...or Texas...school system.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:52 am |
    • Aezel

      I bet if you did a study you could trace all the moon conspiracy theorist idiots to a lot of inbreeding.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  22. james

    the landing was fake? i swear no one does any real research. please ppl question yourself before adding to this giant argument.

    Born in 1968 at the height of the Apollo program, the Space Shuttle was designed to fulfill two basic roles in NASA post-Apollo manned flight objectives.

    The first goal of the Space Shuttle program was to provide NASA with an efficient, re-usable method of carrying astronauts to and from a permanently manned space station.

    At the time, NASA envisioned a space station which would be staffed by 12 to 24 people. The space station was intended to assure a permanent manned U.S. presence in space following the Apollo lunar landings.

    The space station would support a plethora of scientific research objectives, plus act as an engineering and support base for manned journeys to the planets.

    In addition, NASA believed that Space Shuttles could serve as multi-purpose satellite delivery vehicles with the potential to completely replace Atlas-Centaur, Delta and Titan rockets.

    The words "cheap" and "routine" were the words which most closely matched the objectives for Space Shuttles as expressed by NASA. Of course, history would prove otherwise.

    On January 31, 1969, NASA issued feasibility design study contracts for their "Integrated Launch and Re-entry Vehicle" (ILRV). Invitations were given to four aerospace contractors to present design proposals on re-usable and partially re-usable manned spacecraft.

    These companies presented reports to NASA by November 1, 1969. They unanimously recommended a fully re-usable, two-stage vehicle.

    Early in 1970, NASA refined their technical requirements for the vehicle. The name "Space Shuttle" first appeared in the "purpose" section of an official invitation for production contract bids issued on February 18, 1970.

    The name "Space Shuttle" subsequently became a permanent fixture for the vehicle, which NASA agreed should incorporate a fully re-usable, two-stage design.

    With great optimism, NASA initially expected that the first Space Shuttle would enter service by 1977. In 1971, North American Rockwell and McDonnell Douglas were granted production contracts.

    From that point on, development of the Space Shuttle became extremely complicated, with the future of the vehicle often in doubt from one year to the next.

    At first, doubts surfaced about the feasibility of developing a two-stage Space Shuttle. To analyze these concerns, NASA issued study contracts to Grumman/Boeing, Lockheed and Chrysler in June, 1971.

    In basic terms, the initial NASA concept for the two-stage Space Shuttle called for a smaller manned winged vehicle to sit atop a larger manned winged vehicle. These would be pad-launched from a vertical position

    so here we are current day with the shuttle scrapped and looking for a new cheaper way to further examine the moon. cheaper meaning than that of a new manned lunar landing. no one here knows the fruit that this program could bear. it comes down to this you i and everyone here unless there is anyone that works within this nasa program are horribly ignorant in this discussion.

    que the pseudo nasa scientist....

    September 8, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Josh

      Good summary, though you forgot to factor in the Defense Dept's influence (backed up with their dollars) in the Shuttle's design. For example, the requirement that the Shuttle be able to fly over the USSR just once, and then land, compromised it design for all of the NASA objectives.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:27 am |
  23. Otis

    If they find something worth knowing about, they sure as heck won't let us in on it. How much is this costing the taxpayers btw? I wonder how many projects and discoveries we have funded and know absolutely nothing about. We are just sheople in the eyes of the power complex, The only good thing about us is we pay for their science projects, and they in turn hide the knowledge gained from the taxpaying serfs.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • StanCalif

      So, our Apollo missions "explored" the moon and found nothing! No surprise. NASA has "lost" film of these missions. Why have we never returned? Simple answers: We NEVER landed any human being on the moon! The spacecraft they supposedly used had no radiation protection, neither did the space suits! Everything we were shown was filmed by Hollywood crews in the deserts of Arizona or New Mexico!!! Of course our "moon rocks" revealed nothing, they weren't from the moon! These missions "happened" during the height of the Cold War! Everything we were told and shown was pure propaganda! Why did Russia never land on the moon if it was so easy to do? Of course they knew our missions were all nothing but fakes! Now, it seems to be impossible to send another manned mission to the moon! Today's technology is thousands of time better than during the Apollo era! Yet, we can't do it! Think about this! We were lied to then, just like we are being lied to today. Americans walking about on the moon??? It never happened!

      September 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
      • PoconoPhil

        Suggestion: aluminum foil. Makes a lovely hat and keeps out the government's mind-control rays.

        September 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
      • oh. crap.

        i wondered about that.

        September 8, 2011 at 3:42 am |
      • Jim Tucker

        Actually we have the technology to send a person to the closest star system within our lifetime it's just too cost effective. Let me guess you don't think Obama was born in the US either do you.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:19 am |
      • toxictown

        Ok then, if the Russians knew we faked it – why didn't they blow the whistle? They had every motivation to make us look bad.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:51 am |
      • Not like you'll actually read this STAN...

        We 'can't' go to the moon now because NASA has a budget that is pennies compared with the budget in the 60's. If NASA had that kind of money we'd be on Mars. Space exploration is not a big priority for far too many people so the politicians don't allocate much money to it. Wars are far more productive after all😛

        September 8, 2011 at 9:06 am |
      • Aezel

        @stan I will answer your stupidity one point by point. But be assured, it is nothing but stupidity. You should try reading some actual information on it instead of listening to whatever dumbs**t on TV fed you this crap, and then spewing your stupidity online.

        "The spacecraft they supposedly used had no radiation protection," – Wrong on two fronts. First of all, much retarded hype has been made about he Van Allen belts, which just shows how damn uneducated the hoax whackos are. You don't need any shielding to survive passing through them. As far as stellar radiation, the water supply was built to be tanked toward the sun in the manned capsule. And again, even the simple light hull of the craft provides enough protection for the few short days there and back. Even bringing this point up shows you don't know jack.

        "Of course our "moon rocks" revealed nothing, they weren't from the moon!" – Both a direct lie and another example of how utterly dumb you are. The moon rocks didn't "reveal nothing," they revealed a ton. They have been made available to geologists from hundreds of countries around the globe, and have been CONSTANTLY studied. Their completely novel and unique geologic nature has led to much more scientific understanding about how the moon formed and how old it was. Again, geologists from countries all over have studied these. If you are actually stupid enough to think that it would even be possible for an entire field of science from every country on the planet to be in on this you win the award for possibly the dumbest human being alive walking the planet.

        "Why did Russia never land on the moon if it was so easy to do? Of course they knew our missions were all nothing but fakes!" – Yeah. Actually, radio and observatory telescopes tracked the mission launch through low orbit and exiting lower orbit from Earth. Once it got too far out to be tracked radio telescopes continued to track it further. In addition multiple countries still today bounce lasers off of equipment left there by the missions. Russia had EVERY reason to be able to say we faked it. If they thought for even a second it was faked, they would have GLADLY blown the whistle. You being too stupid to realize this again paints you as of such low intelligence and so ignorant of history that I'm fairly sure there are several chimps more qualified to discuss the subject.

        September 8, 2011 at 9:09 am |
    • Dale

      Typically all the raw data from programs like this is made publicly available. It's just not in a format that non-scientists would find useful, nor is it super easy to find unless you're in one of the academic communities that know what the data is good for. The academics analyze it, and publish their results in academic journals. Those journals are usually publicly available via libraries at large research universities. The articles are written for other academics and aren't written for laymen to understand, but they are available.

      Eventually, that material is distilled further and makes its way via those academics into the media, textbooks (which are also publicly available) and other materials. By that time though, most of the interesting stuff that the general public wouldn't understand has been filtered out and you end up with simple facts like "we found the moon is made mostly of x".

      September 7, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
      • sheikyerboutie

        a what? huh? btw, everyone knows the moon is made of cheese

        September 8, 2011 at 8:28 am |
  24. ThaGerm

    Try looking up "Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment" and save us all a lot of time educating you. PLEASE!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  25. mel

    i wish this government would really open up and tell the real secrets they have about the moon, aliens, etc. nobody is gonna freak out.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • John

      I agree. Tired of the constant manipulation. Why not release their technology to the world? Because they want ultimate power? Wouldn't a better world for everyone include them too?

      September 7, 2011 at 8:23 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      I am not so sure no one would freak out.
      There would be a few religions that would suddenly have t try to fit the idea of aliens into their belief systems somehow and it would raise all sorts of questions.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:36 am |
  26. JOE

    After reading many of these comments, I am even more depressed about the intelligence and curiosity of the American people. Dull, small minds are destroying this country's future.

    September 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • Douglas

      And this surprises you? We elected GW Bush to consecutive terms... enough said about the "dull" minds you reference.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:30 am |
      • Alien from Alfa Centurian

        What and I bet you think O'mama is doing such a great job.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:54 am |
  27. Wes

    Seriously? This is the best we can do? Two washing machine-like probes taking the slow boat to a dead rock in space that has been visited already?

    September 7, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • JOE

      The best we could do??? You really don't understand the incredible complexity of this project, do you?

      September 7, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
      • mnemonic

        Regardless of complexity, what's the practical application of the findings? China, India and Russia are already mapping lunar H3 deposits...and NASA just wants to run a "CT scan?"

        September 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
      • Steve

        what better way to find the commodities?

        September 8, 2011 at 2:11 am |
    • ThaGerm

      "Washing Machine Like Probes" NOT what they said AT ALL!!! They used that as a mental image to get your small mind wrapped around the SIZE of the objects. I bet you read that and your neurons just ceased firing. No biggie we are just creating a CAT scan of the moon with two probes "about the size of a washing machine". I mean, how hard can that be right?

      September 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • StanCalif

      We NEVER sent any human being to the moon (at least none that ever returned). Apollo was all a big lie, all the NASA "discoveries" from these missions is what? NOTHING! The "moon rocks" came from Arizona or New Mexico, not from the moon! We simply haven't been there yet! If Apollo was so easy to accomplish, why is it that today it is impossible to return? Today we have much better capabilities, but going to the moon is considered "impossible"! Why?

      September 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
      • Dandyd19

        What planet are you idiots from ????

        September 8, 2011 at 8:35 am |
      • Cedar Rapids

        Who says its impossible?

        September 8, 2011 at 9:38 am |
  28. Abid

    I didnt say nobody landed on the moon

    September 7, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  29. ThaGerm

    The reason NASA and other space agencies can tell you what stars are made up of or other luminous objects is because they are actually pretty easy to measure. You take a visual scan and certain elements show up at certain frequencies very much like reading a DNA sample; however, the moon is not a luminous object and is not so easily measured. Just because it is closer doesn't make it easier.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
  30. timtaper

    Stop wasting money going back to somewhere you have already been.........Done that.......move on.. lots and lots of other planets futher out to explore..Give the taxpayers more bang for their buck, if nothing else.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
    • Kuros

      Because what they are doing in no way helps them understand our universe thus bringing them closer to their goal of exploring it? Can you please, PLEASE spend just one afternoon researching NASA and what they do instead of catching 5 minutes of some cable tv special before you form an opinion?

      September 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm |
    • FrozenVengence

      Or maybe find a way to colonize the moon. Don't know much what we would harvest other than rocks tho...but we would be paving the way for space colonies and that's a start.

      September 7, 2011 at 6:04 pm |
      • ThaGerm

        Look up Helium-3. That should get you started.

        September 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
      • mnemonic

        Then look at how far ahead other countries are in H3 recon and research...that should get you frowning.

        September 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm |
    • jimbostudvonmanheim

      The moon is the most logical and "safe" (comparatively speaking) place to construct a permanent laboratory. This is another stepping stone. In any case, I like anything NASA does vs. anything Obozo does.

      September 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
      • mnemonic

        Sooooo...SPACE:1999, but even back then the British tele producers had more vision than NASA today.

        September 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
      • StanCalif

        NASA, during the Apollo era, was just a huge propaganda machine! Return to the moon today??? It can't be done, for some odd reason! The apparent reason is that we were NEVER there to begin with! All the "moon walks" took place in Arizona or New Mexico, not on the real moon! Of course "moon rocks" from Arizona or New Mexico reveal nothing new!

        September 7, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        sigh, so have you compared the moon rocks with rocks from Arizona Stan to determine if the composition is the same?

        September 8, 2011 at 9:41 am |
    • JOH

      I don't agree with you. Sometimes going back to where you've already been to is the answer you needed all along. For instance, (this is most definitely not true) we might be able to start setting up space station/residential units up there for people who want to live in the moon. Who knows how much longer our planet has left with all the crap we've been doing to it.

      September 7, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
  31. carter

    I say go for it, we're #1 in very few things now but we're still #1 in space! I've heard that new energy can be found on the moon and in space called helium-3.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  32. Ryan $

    I love how people think that spending money = throwing it into a fiery pit or something... Guys, when NASA or anyone SPENDS money ...it GOES somewhere! Mostly to other people! Shocking, I know, but the money still exists. It pays thousands of workers and business owners so they can eat and feed their families and keep on creating new technology and knowledge. The alternative is the US government burying all the money it receives in a hole so that no one else can have it or use it. Money does no one any good if it isn't spent on something...and while how useful the expenditure is is a matter of opinion, you can't complain about it being spent. (unless you are clueless and just like complaining..)

    September 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • jim beranis

      my street is crumbling and the cities sewer lines are antiquated , screw the technicians, I'd rather pay a guy to hold a "slow workers" sign

      September 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
      • JOH

        Funding for NASA and tax money going towards fixing those things you mentioned are completely two different things. You want those to be fixed? You probably would need to elect a new mayor and find some fundraiser for that.

        September 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
      • heliocracy

        If you vote Republican, you're practically begging for your street to crumble, and you're pretty much stuck with the antiquated sewers. They don't want to tax anyone, no one wants to be taxed, so no infrastructure ever gets fixed. All so that rich people can hold on to their money and (somehow) create jobs thereby (although I still don't understand how tax cuts on business create jobs...the only thing that causes a company to hire more people is to meet increased demand. No increase in demand, no hiring, no matter how low the taxes are, and lowering the business tax in no way increases demand for a business' goods or services).

        September 7, 2011 at 6:44 pm |
    • JOE

      It's amazing to me how much people depend or new technologies but have no clue about how important developing cutting edge technologies is to their lives.

      September 7, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  33. jim beranis

    I'm not quite sure how i'll be able to sleep at night now, i'm so excited!

    September 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  34. Aunt Scary

    Why spend all that money for something you all ready know? I could use the money for my child to receive an excellent education/college! No wonder our country is so poor.....idiots like you spend millions/billions of dollars on stupid stuff like this! Help the economy!

    September 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
    • Hugo

      Help the economy by getting back to work as opposed to b*tch about it online. Going to the moon is what enables you to sit there and complain using a computer and the internet.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
      • Roscoe

        hey, we've got it ....the laptop, smartphone, www, so why continue wasting money to find out what?
        ok, then what we gone do? read about it on line.....Who is paying for this? They sure did find out you can't
        live in space without oxygen didn't they? Look how many lives they lost just in the Shuttle plan.
        What a waste of life.

        September 7, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
      • ThaGerm

        Roscoe, I could call the shuttle program a lot of things but a "waste of life"? Do you have any clue at all how many MILLIONS of people are alive today due to the space program? And here you pizz and moan about a few dozen brave people who believed in this cause and strapped themselves onto a rocket via their own free-will fully accepting the risks due to the astronomical gains we have in the past and continue to achieve to this day. Whats that? I think your boss is calling, the burgers are burning!

        September 7, 2011 at 6:59 pm |
    • clos

      you make no sence. you want your kid to get 'free' education yet you complain about an education based mission. your an idiot.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
      • Vince

        "sense" Careful when you use the word idiot, it may pertain to you. Just saying.

        September 7, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • quartz

      NASA receives only 0.5% of the government's TOTAL budget. Any investment in space exploration is worth pursuing. There are so many technologies that have benefited civilians from NASA's research.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
      • Danny

        NASA received 0.6% of the total budget for 2010. The US military received 20% of the total budget for 2010. Yeah I can see were NASA is really costing the US taxpayer (sarcasm)!!!!!! Social Security 20% Medicare 23% for 2010.

        Yeah NASA is wasting taxpayer money.

        September 8, 2011 at 9:04 am |
    • Gilbert

      Small mind. Everything that doesn't feed your flatscreen is a waste of money isn't it?

      September 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • err

      ...because all those contractors being paid to build these machines aren't part of our economy at all.

      What we should do is pump money into people who do nothing all day rather than people who got off their butt, got educated, and got a job that actually contributes something to society.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
    • Not too Smart

      Well, what does your kid need that education for? If we aren't researching and exploring then it's kind of a waste having your kids go to college just to waste that knowledge at Burger King!

      September 7, 2011 at 5:58 pm |
      • StanCalif

        Take a look! Mac Donalds is one of the more successful companies in our economy today! Buy shares in Mac Donalds and enjoy the ride! Go buy a Big Mac now and then!

        September 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
      • Josh

        Mac Donald's is a successful company? Where are they located?

        I only know of McDonalds.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:30 am |
      • Tom

        Maybe he meant Mac Donald Douglas (as in McDonnell Douglas) ??

        September 8, 2011 at 8:41 am |
    • Braq789

      Here is a thought. As the population of Earth grows, we use up naterial resources at a faster rate. What happens if the "useless" research finds that there are useful resources on/in the moon (this is the belief, NASA is trying to confirm). This could be the incentive for a private company to spend the money to get those resources for the benifit of us all. And it would create LOTS of jobs. And it would help our economy grow. Then would you say that NASA wasted the money? But if they don't spend the money we will never know.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
  35. Bryan

    People may reduce "going to" to "gonna" in speech, but when you quote teachers and scientists in a news article, you really should write "going to". "Gonna" is not very professional looking, and it makes an otherwise serious article look childish.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • iroshi

      Ssoooo true.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
    • Jonesman

      You make a good point, however if the person actually said "gonna" instead of "going to" then you need to leave it that way or else it's not an accurate quote.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
      • Bryan

        Not necessarily. We don't quote people phonetically. "Gonna" and "hafta" and "cuppa" are not words. They're just the phonetic realization of "going to", "have to" and "cup of". Lots of Americans say "twunny" instead of "twenty". We don't write "twunny" in newspaper articles, nor do we write "wadder" instead of "water".

        September 7, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
      • fran glass

        I live in Milwaukee, WI and most of us say "muh-waukee" instead of MILwaukee (no matter how much we try not to), but it is always quoted as "milwaukee"

        September 7, 2011 at 6:46 pm |
      • Mr. Pedant

        You'd run into a real mess, actually, trying to accurately capture phonetics in quotations. To REALLY do it right, you'd have to use a different alphabet (IPA), which only specialists can read. Really, though, "gonna" is becoming rather ubiquitous as a written construction, & will probably be acceptable usage in formal writing in the not-so-distant future. As it stands, using it here seems rather sloppy to a stickler. Don't throw rocks. Sticklers need love too. *runs and hides*

        September 7, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
    • Sarah

      I agree that "gonna" is not professional and will note that I am not particularly a fan of its usage. However, I think that what you are suggesting is essentially to misquote someone. If someone wants to sound professional they should do so, and not expect the journalist to edit what they say. Imagine someone like Sarah Palin, who for whatever reason feels it is important to sound "folksy". If a journalist took her speeches and made them sound more professional she would probably try to sue the journalist. I think you quote what someone says, not what they should have said, or meant to say. Otherwise, it is not very appropriate to put it in quotes.

      As I said though, I agree with your main point which is that "gonna" and other shortened or slang words should not be used when you want to be taken seriously.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • Sarah

      Also to this point, I don't think we're "gonna" win any arguments with CNN's staff. These days most of their headlines are "Person A slams/bashes Person B" or "So and so raises brows". It sounds like tabloid crap and most of the time it is. You cannot look to any of the major news organizations for professional, accurate, or unbiased reporting anymore. Half of their stories are derived from rumor or some blog post on an unvetted website. And nearly all of them are sensationalized to try to make them more interesting, or at least to get you to click on the story in the first place. Then if you actually read the article, it is usually filled with errors. Not just grammatical errors but significant ones and then they rely on the people posting comments to point these errors out. And investigative reporting? Very few journalists do that anymore, which is very unfortunate. So I guess my point is...we have bigger problems than the "gonna" v. "going to" case.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
      • Bryan

        I noticed the other day that the First Lady, Michelle Obama, pronounces "street" and "strength" as "shtreet" and "shtrength". I don't think anyone would dream of "quoting" her phonetically in a speech like that. Nor would anyone quote Sarah Palin as saying "It's so nayce ta see ya!" during a speech. Really. We say "gonna" but we mean "going to".😉

        September 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm |
      • StanCalif

        Yea, like CNN hires British citizens to "speak to us"! What on earth does Piers Morgan interviewing celebrities night after night add to our knowledge of "What's happening to our country"? Quest on business? Another "limey"! Where are the American citizen "journalists", I am sick and tired or foreign "reporters"! Maybe soon they will hire a bunch of Islamic "reporters"!

        September 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm |
  36. txkboy

    I thought that the reverse magneto propulsion system was suppose to be more effecient and powerful. Our tax dollars hard at work.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • Hugo

      That's "supposed to" I see my tax dollars didn't do much for your spelling education...

      September 7, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  37. kwangju1970

    Science is wonderful of course, but isn't it kind of a bad time to spend all that money for this?

    September 7, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • quartz

      NASA receives only 0.5% of the government's TOTAL budget. Any investment in space exploration is worth pursuing. There are so many technologies that have benefited civilians from NASA's research.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  38. JJ

    GREEN CHEESE

    September 7, 2011 at 5:05 pm |
  39. USAR SOLDIER

    Watch out for Megatron last time we went up there he wasnt too happy.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  40. tom s.

    What a waste of money ! I wonder how many bridges or roads could be fixed with that money?

    September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • howlyn

      Moron

      September 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Bob Doesn't Like You

      I wonder how many bridges could be fixed if we didn't waste money investing that irresponsible health care bill and all those corporate bailouts.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
      • ThaGerm

        OR 970 Trillion dollars in Iraq looking for WMD

        September 7, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
    • Rog

      When I read comments like this one I'm not surprised that the US is falling so far behind in education.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • agnus

      Spending money on exploration may it be in space or the ocean are all important for us human, don't let your ignorance fail you. The lack of money to build bridges, infrastructures and to feed the hungry are due to more money going to war not due to science and exploration.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Bob

      I agree, what a waste of time and money...Chinese money in fact, maybe that is why we are "opening" up the camera's to anyone in the world to watch? Why dont other countries use thier money so we can all watch for FREE? We feed them, cloth them and fight thier wars now we got to give them a close up look at the moon....give me a break

      September 7, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • Clint H.

      Yeah because everything in Science is a waste of money right? Get a life Troll.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm |
    • mtnmedic

      Like at the hundred of billions of dollars and thousands of lives wasted in two wars Bush and Republicans started ten years ago? You're a hanky retard, Tom.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
      • Bob Doesn't Like You

        Yes the very same wars that YOUR party continues to operate. You need to form your own opinions and stop listening to talking points. Supporting a politician simply because there is either a (D) or (R) beside their name doesn't make you very smart. Grow up, boy, and start using your brain before it's too late.

        September 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
      • ThaGerm

        Hey Bob, last time I checked the only military timeline that Obama missed was closing of guantanamo. He made his Iraq timeline AND he stated that killing Osama would be of the highest priority in his campaign. So 2 out of 3 isn't bad. And Afghanistan... Like he could just pack up our entire military and head home without being crucified by people just like YOU.

        September 7, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
      • Bob Doesn't Like You

        You obviously are either too blind or dumb to recognize that this president is wrecking our economy with irresponsible spending and poorly thought out plans. Shovel-ready jobs? "Ha ha ha," says the president, adding, "I guess there weren't many of those!" Green jobs and other "innovative" energy companies: out of business. Can't compete in an environment where business are being squeezed by the federal government and subjected to Democrats' desire that they fail by surrendering all of their money to social programs that help NO ONE. Irresponsible. Would it be great if everyone had health insurance? Yes. Is it responsible at this time? Absolutely.

        Stay with us, guys. The truth is there if you take off your Hope&Change blinders.

        September 7, 2011 at 7:23 pm |
    • iroshi

      It's no wonder, with attitudes like this, that the U.S. has fallen so far behind in so many areas. Including the things that make humans what we are - or should be: curious, intelligent, willing to sacrifice for knowledge, having the courage to seek out the unknown. Some people never want to know what's on the other side of the mountain. In addition, the space program not only costs much less than most think (about .1% of the national budget), but such research has given us important technology things such as remote medical monitoring, many important materials, and Tang.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • mtnmedic

      For you brain dead reprobates who say this is a waste of money..NASA'S entire budget is less than 1% of threw total budget. in fact, it costs the military far more money just to keep all the tents and field buildings in Iraq and Afghanistan air conditioned. Go look it up if you don't believe me.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
      • mnemonic

        Is that "threw" total or "threw" budget? Not an accounting metric I am familiar with.

        September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
    • Bob Doesn't Like You

      What do Republicans have to do with anything in this thread? DEMOCRATS: stop being so defensive. You guys are embarrassing the rest of us with your temper tantrums and insecurities. Bush has been out of office for almost 4 years, so face it: YOUR guy has bankrupted the country, YOUR guy has prolonged the wars he said he'd stop, YOUR guy is an irresponsible man-child with an ego the size of the billion to trillion dollar "stimulus package" he's about to propose in a few days. He's an idiot and so are you for polishing his taint with your tongues.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
      • JOE

        Obama has been in office 2.7 years, not "almost 4". Bush's policies bankrupted the country, not Obama's. If you'll recall, the Great Recession began under Bush and ended under Obama. Over 3.5 trillion of the deficit is because of lower tax revenues due to the recession. Another trillion plus is due to Bush's wars. And more then another trillion went to the rich under Bush's tax cut. Bush's Medicare drug plan- another trillion or so. So, who bankrupted the country????

        September 7, 2011 at 6:25 pm |
      • ThaGerm

        Bush was handed a BUDGET SURPLUS and a strong economy when he entered office. He left Obama a budget CRISIS and the nation was already in recession and jobs were being cut by tens of thousands per month under his watch. Democrat or Republican, you are embarrassing yourself by denying cold hard facts!

        September 7, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
      • Bob Doesn't Like You

        Attention Everyone: The recession is over! The economy's great again. Thanks for the news, Joe.

        September 7, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  41. DiscipleofElijah

    Maybe they can find some of the people Mitt Romney's LDS prophet Joseph Smith said resided on the moon. He described them as approximately 6' tall, dressed like quakers and lived to be about 1,000 years old.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  42. EZsteve

    We send men to the moon in 3 days, 3 hours and 49 minutes 42 years ago – But washing machines take 3 months!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
    • Wagner

      The key is "fuel-saving route to the moon", which then causes the trip to take longer.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
      • Josh

        Is this "fuel saving route" slingshotting by Mars first?

        September 8, 2011 at 8:33 am |
    • mtnmedic

      Guess you didn't read the part about it being a fuel saving flight path. Machines don't need oxygen, water and food humans would require for a standard flight. So, the probes will do just fine with a three month trip that would save on precious, expensive fuel. I really wanted to give you an A for your original thinking, but...FAIL.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Tom

      Must be a Maytag.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • Kevin

      They're launching it on a Prius, so it's a bit slower but saves fuel in the long run.

      September 7, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  43. CNNuthin

    The NASA budget is what percentage of the total Federal Budget? Less than 1 percent. Let them go wherever they want. We can afford to go to space. <1% We can afford to go a lot of places. Then again, it takes us 53% of it to go to Afgan and Iraq and so on.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  44. coy4one

    NASA has done more for education in this country than ANY other entity. They have educated, inspired, invented, and as a result we have all sorts of appliances, and technology in our homes and businesses as a result of the space program. It has NEVER been a waste of money! And since the word JOBS has been thrown around so much, NASA has created directly and indirectly, hundreds of thousands of jobs, MOST in the private sector!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  45. chris

    Space exploration is a waste of money. If we used that money to explore our oceans (and care for them) maybe our planet wouldn't be in the shape it's in. There are hundreds of undiscovered "medical" cures right here on earth – why do we keep going to space?

    September 7, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
    • JCQueipo

      Because exploring the oceans is the same exploiting the ocean for oil and contaminants by greedy people (republicans)

      September 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
      • Brock

        curiously enough by you saying republicans are greedy that clearly indicates you have a relatively low income compared to me haha.

        September 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • Hybridhor

      Not according to Stephen Hawking. He has stated our highest priority as a species is creating settlements on other planets if we want to survive. If he is saying this, imagine what he must know that he is not telling us.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:48 am |
  46. insp67

    I'd like to see pics of our previous landing sites. After all these years, some still believe that the landings were taped in Hollywood. I don't believe that, but I think it would be cool to see the rover vehicle, and the flag after all this time.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
    • Brock

      From 35 miles up, good luck seeing a flag and lander😦

      September 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
      • gyoungone

        @Brock, what do you mean? I can see my car in my driveway with Google Maps...I'm sure NASA has even better technology...I'd like to see the flag too!

        September 7, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
      • ummm...

        Those pictures on Google Maps/Earth with that kind of detail are taken by aircraft flying lots lower than 35 miles up. A camera that can take high detail pics from 35 miles is extemely expensive and the image size is huge (read: very high bandwidth requirements). Operating 4 on only one one vehicle near the moon would be prohibitivly expensive, much less two vehicles.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:54 am |
    • Trevor

      Orbiters have taken lots of pics of the various Apollo landing sites. Check Google. But also realize that absolutely nothing can convince a die-hard conspiracy theorist, because they'll always just say "it's all part of the conspiracy!!".🙂

      September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
    • Jessica, NJ

      NASA just released a bunch of pictures taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) which are high-resolution images of some of the Apollo landing sites. You can see the Bottom half of the LEM's, several experiments that were left there and footprints from the astronauts and tire tracks from the rover. That good enough for you?

      September 7, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
      • Josh

        Give me a few minutes. I'll be able to show you pics of Mars with human footprints on the surface.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:34 am |
    • Danny

      actually yesterday on CNN there were pictures of the landing sites and the tracks from the moon rover, foot prints, flags, and even the base platforms were still there and easily viewable from the pictures.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:19 am |
  47. g0thiC_iCe_cReaM

    What a waste of money, we already know the moon is made of cheese.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • debbie

      But what KIND of cheese? These questions keep people up at night and MUST be answered!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:33 pm |
      • chris

        Debbie, it's made of SWISS (you can tell by holes)

        September 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
      • Lol

        I'm thinking Cheddar =)

        September 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
      • JCQueipo

        I agree!!

        September 7, 2011 at 4:43 pm |
      • coy4one

        Could be limberger...and stinks!

        September 7, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  48. get over the moon thing

    It's no wonder why America is broke, we keep spending money on stupid things like drilling into the Moon.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • John

      The stupid are consistant, I will give you that. Did you just not read the article or just did not comprehend it before you shared your widom with the rest of us?

      September 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  49. Paganguy

    Hey, Christian guys. The Church has abandoned the Flat Earth theory in 1900. So, please fall in line.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • Todd

      That was the Catholic Church - not the Christian Church... there is a big difference. No real Christian refers to themselves as Catholic...

      September 7, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
      • Hehehe

        So no real Christian believes the Earth is round? LOL!

        September 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  50. E=mc2

    NICE! Knowledge is power! Lol.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • John

      E=MC2. If C is the constant and that is the speed of light, and speed is distance divided by time, but time is not a constant so the speed of light cannot be a constant either then E=MC2 is on accurate at a single rate of time, and therefor relative to each particular rate of time. SInce gravity effects time and the universe is filled with millions of different sources of gravitly, there must be millions of different rates of time also. So the speed of light is reletive and therefor not a end all limitiaion. Or not.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
      • Sandi

        Distance is not constant either. Regardless of reference frame, c is a constant, whereas distance and time are not.

        September 7, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  51. Ramon F. Herrera

    "principle astronaut" should be "principal astronaut".

    September 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
    • Harry Caray

      If the moon was made out of BBQ spare ribs....would you eat it?

      September 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
      • Dee

        HEY! !!!!! it's not rocket science...if the moon was made of spare ribs would you eat it......lolololol

        September 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
      • James Napoli

        I sure would ... and wash it down with a cold Budweiser

        September 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  52. douglasjames

    Roy, yes you have and it fits you so appropriately. You know yourself so well. Truly, you are in the age of enlightenment!

    September 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  53. ngc1300

    Oh, and knowledge is useless. The only thing that's important is making money. And beer and football.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • HeadCheese

      Fantasy football

      September 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
    • debbie

      and fantasy beer....

      September 7, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  54. HeadCheese

    Everyone knows it's made of cheese, man. I'm hoping for baby swiss...I love a good baby swiss sandwich with hot mustard.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • Big Difference

      Love the swiss - hate the mustard

      September 7, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  55. Jack Be Humble

    Water. I hope they find a LOT of water.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  56. jon

    In 1969 the entire world was excited when it was first announced that NASA was landing a man on the moon for the first time. Flash-forward more than 40 years later and the announcement that they're sending some nothing probe to the moon barely gets a worthwhile column on CNN's webpage.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
    • EZsteve

      We send men to the moon in 3 days, 3 hours and 49 minutes 42 years ago – But washing machines take 3 months!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
      • Jason

        Stuffing 3 astronauts into a tiny capsule for a 3 month trip to the moon isn't really feasible from a physiological and psychological standpoint, so they sent them on a much more direct route. There's no hurry to get the machines there, so they can use a more fuel efficient route and use the weight saved in fuel to allow more gear on the probes.

        September 7, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
      • Josh

        Jason, good proof as to why we'll never, ever, go to Mars.

        September 8, 2011 at 8:36 am |
  57. ngc1300

    We really didn't go to the moon, the Roswell aliens are at Area 51, along with their spaceship, the face on Mars is real and being covered up by NASA, Sasquatch is real, the Earth is hollow and full of UFOs, the CIA wired and blew up the World Trade Center, HAARP is the cause of all this weird weather, AIDS is an engineered virus, all members of Congress and the Executive branch are actually intelligent reptiloids masquerading as humans, Dick Cheney is a very thoughtful and soulful person, earthquakes are caused by all the Chinese jumping up and down at the same time, and Michelle Bachmann and Sarah Palin are members of Mensa.

    September 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Jack Be Humble

      Okay, the Dick Cheney bit is just unbelieveable.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Fred dean

      this person is a moron.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
      • Tony

        No, he is joking. Can't you tell??

        September 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • Mordac

      You had me all convinced until your statement "all members of Congress and the Executive branch are actually intelligent reptiloids masquerading as humans"...it's the intelligent part that lost me.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • HeadCheese

      Alice Cramdon has been to the moon several times.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
      • IceT

        Props!! Nice, albeit obscure, reference. LOL

        September 7, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
    • debbie

      Dang! You had me up to the Mensa part. You know that's different from menses – right?

      September 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
    • Yetizen

      You forgot the Moon is artificial and hollow, that Nibiru is coming and the solar system is approaching a photon belt which we will hit on 12/21/2012. Not to mention the earth really is flat.

      September 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  58. Texas Pete

    Are we going to find HAL?

    September 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  59. Gor

    W-A-S-T-E --> S-H-A-M-E

    September 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • Your post is a waste.

      Hey dummy. Where do you think the technology came from that allows you to type your moronic comments and have them sent into the stratosphere and bounced back via satellite so that we all get to see how stupid you are. Answer – NASA. How do you think your cell phone works? Know where kidney dialysis machines and cat scans and a ton of other medical machinery came from? NASA. How about the process that is used to mold the soles of your shoes? NASA. Ever use a cordless tool or appliance? NASA. Maybe you should go get that cordless drill and use it for a lobotomy. Save us all the suffering you and others like you will most surely force us to endure in the future.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
      • Rich

        Citation?

        September 7, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
      • Curious Brit

        I agree – the CAT scan was invented by the Brits, not NASA. Are you sure you're not confusing NSF with NASA?

        September 7, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • UFOPilot

      Better to spend money on this than 3 wars. Plus the kids are learning something.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
      • hawaiiduude

        They learn to make war.

        September 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
      • John

        learn to count, we are only in 2 wars, no matter how bad Fox news wants to pretend. 1 + 1 = 2.

        September 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
    • ThaGerm

      Because nothing practical could possible come from space exploration; wait, as I sit here in my office I begin to realize that almost everything in it has been influenced if not out-right invented by the space program. Wow, when you look at it that way, kinda makes you look a bit dim.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
      • UFOPilot

        This is why I think NASA should work on improving their PR department, so we know what they're up to and what the benefits are. 40 year old documentaries on NASA TV aren't helping.

        September 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  60. sammie

    and this reaches out to muslims..... how???
    focus nasa!!
    this is not your prime mission as dictated by obama
    yeeesh

    September 7, 2011 at 3:56 pm |
    • tom

      Allah is the moon g-d. Duh!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
    • John

      Wondered how long before some idiot blamed this on the president some how.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
      • charles

        blame? where did he assign any "blame" to obama? he just restated obama's "goal" for nasa. a little defensive of your messiah aren't you??? idiot?? hahahahaha

        September 7, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • MarineDad05

      @ UFO

      By law, NASA cannot advertise or promote. The best it can do is write favorable article, get the media to cover them more, or some such way.

      The problem is manned space flights are expensive. Recently we were invited to the launch at Florida. We had planned to go, but the launch kept postponing (at least 6 times). Each of those false starts costs a few million $ off the bat.

      The happy medium is for NASA to be able to find new, efficient technology, and the Federal Government should allow NASA to patent it's inventions, and train private space agencies, and rent their own equipment to agencies around the world.

      It's a different world today, and while I think NASA is valuable in both contribution, and sparking interest in science and technology, it has become cost-prohibitive in certain areas.

      I totally disagree with people who think NASA is a waste. It certainly not. It has given the US an edge over other countries, and what if NASA were to find some valuable energy source in the Moon or Mars, and we are able to harness it?

      September 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  61. us1776

    I think NASA's going back to the moon on Thursday not Friday !!

    .

    September 7, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
    • us1776

      Do the editors ever read ANYTHING ? Not even the title !!

      .

      September 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  62. E=mc2

    Here's an idea: If GRAIL A or GRAIL B happens to fly over our moon landing spot, please take some hi res pictures so the loonies can mark one more conspiracy off thier list! Oops, "they" will call those pictures fake too! Nevermind.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • Wish granted.

      That just happened the other day. You can see tracks, the lander's fuel module, and the rover. Won't stop the idiots though. Stupidity is a powerful thing.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • E=mc2

        I didn't hear about that! Thanks.

        Did you hear that people? Hollywood was not in on it. It actually happened. Case closed. Now if we could just educate the 9/11 freaks we'll be making some real progress towards intelligence for the masses.

        September 7, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
      • Wish granted.

        Welcome. Thought it was pretty cool. Dan Aykroyd must be sad.

        September 7, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
    • ThaGerm

      It may not help the idiots, but next time reference "Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment". We left a reflector on the surface during the Apollo program and it is still in use today. We regularly pulse the reflector with a laser and time the return signal to calculate lunar distance. You don't hear them talking about that much, it's pretty hard to argue with.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  63. urr qasdim

    "principle scientist"?? No, no, no! it's principAL for Pete's sake!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • john

      nothing better to do. Looser

      September 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
      • Kyeld

        Loser*

        September 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • h2opolopunk

        Looser? Than what?

        September 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
      • kjlewis

        That would be loser.....

        September 7, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
      • jeffrey

        It's 'Loser' not 'Looser', loser!

        September 8, 2011 at 8:44 am |
  64. exnasachic

    The science gathering instruments are much more advanced now relative to the 1960's..and the focus then was to win a race not the science...it's a different purpose now, we wasted some opportunities then–congrats not NASA.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • ThaGerm

      Not to burst your bubble there slim, but we didn't have instruments that sensitive in the 60's and even if we did, the technology they are using wasn't invented until the mid-70's. The science of the time WAS to get there and NASA co-invented about a zillion practices, techniques and instruments from then till now. Though, you should know since the computer you are sitting on typing your nonsense IS directly from the space program.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  65. cog in the wheel

    Sounds like a very interesting experiment. It will be even more compelling if we learn there metals or other materials we might use if/when we establish a space station there....perhaps ice in the moon's core? Knowledge is always a good thing.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • pismire

      Let's land a group of men who know how to drill on there, and actually bore into it? Wait they did that in Armageddon. Damn it. It's so hard to think of a new idea for the moon when they've all been done in movies, including landing on it in 1969.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
      • Neok

        Actually, they bored into a super-dense asteroid, not the moon.

        September 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
    • EricLr

      Or we just find rock and realize once again that building a self-sustaining moon colony will never be even remotely possible.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  66. crookedarm

    I say go to Area 51–it's a lot cheaper.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  67. tellyou1nce

    the way I see it... if they leave obama there for observation... it's a Go for me.............. yayyy he's finally gonna do some good for humanity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Leslie

      Can I request to take Pakistan top leaders especially President Zardari with him for a long stay at the moon.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:26 pm |
    • Roy

      A true ass hole has spoken

      September 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • ThaGerm

      So you actually took the time to degrade yourself by injecting political nonsense into a scientific article. Shouldn't you be kicking your dog or abusing your wife or something?

      September 7, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  68. Brad

    I saw Apollo 18. Watch out for the moon parasites!

    September 7, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  69. kazz

    cool

    September 7, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
  70. Oodoodanoo

    Look, NASA can stop! Now we all know the moon is there! They should look for heaven instead...

    September 7, 2011 at 3:07 pm |
    • tellyou1nce

      haaaaaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaa f*****n haaaaaaaaaaaaa.......... you're worthless too!

      September 7, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
  71. SAY SOMETHING INTELIGENT

    my personal opinion is this is their way the goverment of getting interested science people to capture pictures from different angles and get a better understanding of the moons actual reason or purpose for existing other than MOONLIGHT & THE FACT IT CONTROLS THE OCEAN ALONG WITH MOTHER NATURE! with that being said, nothing on the moon has been proven to be of any use to the human race other than GLOBAL SELF INTERESTS OF POLITICAL LEADERS.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Docmanhattan

      You spelled 'intelligent' wrong.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
    • Cedar Rapids

      There is no reason or purpose for the moon to exist, it just...is.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
    • GuyAboveMeisAnIdiot

      Ya, Helium-3 is worthless. Getting 5th grade students wanting to become scientists is worthless. Agreed, who needs fusion or children who enjoy learning?

      September 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  72. Chris

    Change, big change is coming says Maria Zuber. “I’m predicting that we’re gonna find something and I don’t know what it is,” says Zuber, “and it’s really gonna surprise us and turn our understanding of how the moon and other terrestrial planets formed on its ear”.

    They're going to find out they spent a whole lot of money to leave trash on the Moon's surface and that the true mysteries of the Moon can be found if NASA scientists put as much effort into the study of astrology. Those rocks have special powers.

    September 7, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • George

      Its green cheese dudes, my gramma told me so.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Aaron

      Funny how all this is coming up after so much evidence is out there. Even astronauts saying the mere idea of a man landing on the moon is a complete joke. NASA is a scam and has lied to the American people far too long.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        sigh, you are a moon landings are a hoax guy huh?

        September 7, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
      • Troy

        I agree. We didn't land on the moon. There's no way with 1960's technology that we could have done it. I don't think it's possible. It was done on a sound stage. Just look at the Apollo 18 movie. That looks more real than the moon landing, and everybody knows that's a fake movie. The flag is constantly waving. Sure, they say that's because a pole is in it, but I don't believe them. All the people who have claimed to independently fire a laser off the mirrors left on the moon are in on the conspiracy. Thousands of people are in on it and not one has had the guts to produce real evidence that it's fake.

        I don't think we even have anything in space. All those pictures of Earth are fake. How could they be real? They show Earth as round. Just look at the ocean. It's obvious it's flat. Just look at the "models" of the solar system. They're fake. All you have to do is look in the sky. The sun moves across the sky just like the moon. How can Earth orbit the sun if that's the case? The stars? They're just reflections of the city lights off the air.

        NASA is fake. It stands for Nefarious Association of Satanic Aficionados. Anybody who thinks we really landed on the moon is an idiot and probably thinks germs are what cause disease, not just bad blood. Leeches for all!

        September 7, 2011 at 3:33 pm |
      • Chris

        Funny to even think that people like you are still around. Well you can go to the web site and request a picture of the other landing sights. But, you will have to pick your knuckles off the floor first.

        September 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm |
      • Sigh.....

        Is that Troy, the famous comedian from Maine?

        September 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
      • Zeibodique

        @TROY: SInce you seem to know exactly what happened, or in this case didn't happen, do me a favor and PROVE your findings. Won't happen because you CAN'T. By the way, Apollo 18 doesn't prove anything. What it does prove is that technology in the motion picture industry has come light years in the 42 years since man has landed on the moon. I think you watched Capricorn One, one too many times. Many of us are wating for your full and complete findings. Hurry now!

        September 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
      • Yetizen

        Umm, I'm pretty sure Troy was being sarcastic there.

        September 7, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
  73. Michael

    Heres an interesting idea... the moon isnt natural at all, but a very ancient spaceship that was wrecked hundreds of thousands of years ago and left in orbit. Id be willing to predict those probes are gonna find metal and artificial structures!

    September 7, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
    • kyle

      Thats a very imaginative story, but not one shred of evidence would support that "theory".

      September 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
      • Mr. Biggles

        It's not even an imaginative story.

        September 7, 2011 at 3:19 pm |
      • rhobere

        *hypothesis. "theory" would imply that he has a model explaining such hogwash.

        September 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
    • Obi Wan

      That's no moon. It's a partially constructed yet fully functional space station.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
      • Han Solo

        It's too big to be a Space Staion. Go back to dusting crops, kid!

        HAHAHA, thanks Obi Wan. You made my day!

        September 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
      • Hybridhor

        Thats the problem. The moon IS more like the Death Star. It IS an artificial space station. This is what NASA is exploring right now. They know there is something inside the Moon. The moon has bases and artifacts all over it. Nasa was warned not to return to the moon.

        September 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
      • Yetizen

        It's a giant cheese factory!

        September 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
    • Michael

      Oh I wasnt presenting a theory. Im just trying to acclimate folks to the reality of the universe, such as a hollow Earth, Galactic Federation, and other neat stuff. its all coming out VERY soon, and it will be easier on everybody if we start getting ready to for the changes.

      September 7, 2011 at 6:34 pm |
    • Hybridhor

      You are correct.

      September 8, 2011 at 9:07 am |
  74. angryersmell

    please find transformers...please find transformers...please find transformers...

    September 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • winnar

      this has been nominated for comment of the year. kudos.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  75. james darnley

    what a gigantic waste of money this country can;t afford to waste.is finding any of this stuff out going to stop a child from starving to death tonight or any other given night.i don;t think so.is it going to create more jobs all over the country no.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • rhobere

      drops in the bucket from a cost stand point. do you have any idea how many millions of AMERICAN jobs NASA creates? they don't just employ astronauts. they employ people from all kinds of professions AND create work for thousands of companies in their supply chain. not to mention the thousands of research programs that wouldn't exist with having NASA as a resource. all those things keep people employed so I don't know where you get off saying NASA doesn't create jobs. it creates boat-loads of private sector jobs.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
    • I are dumb.

      Yeah, lets scrap it. Maybe we can use the money we save to buy you some capital letters and proper punctuation.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
      • CASCH

        You beat me to it.

        September 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • CASCH

      Perhaps more money should have been spent on your education. You may have had the opportunity to learn about grammar and punctuation.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • Sconky

      Do you realize how many technologies that were invented because of trying to get to space or make space travel easier? Do you know how many millions of jobs those have created over the last 60 years?

      Obviously you don't. Why not read and learn some things before making a knee jerk post.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
      • Zeibodique

        @Sconky-It won't help trying to explain. Those with any brain activity understand the value of space exploration. The rest are beyond any form of help.

        September 7, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
  76. Me

    I can't wait to find out what the moon is made of, this should help everyone...

    September 7, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  77. MikeColorado

    From Obama Speech 4/15/2010 at KSC: ""We've been there before," Obama said of the nation's moon landings decades ago. "There's a lot more of space to explore." So if we have no interest in returning there, and want to go to an asteroid instead, why this mission, and other unmanned lunar missions? It makes no sense, as Obama's "space program" makes no sense. vote out Obama in 2012 and fire Charles Bolden in 2013!

    September 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Waste of money

      “I’m predicting that we’re gonna find something and I don’t know what it is,” says Zuber

      In other words, NASA is going to "manufacture" an amazing discovery in an attempt to boost support for their taxpayer-funded budget. Now that the space shuttles have been taken away from them, they are scrambling to make themselves appear necessary.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • George Bundy

      "Obama' s Space Program" ? Where do you come up with that ? And, what the hell do you mean? Makes no sense to me what your are talking about !

      September 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • realisticbutoptomistic

      Since when do presidents run NASA? Scientists run NASA and decide where to go/what missions to roll out, not the president. And if you want to vote out the pres, you may also want to vote out all of the people in the house and senate since things don't happen without them. This is a democracy not a dictatorship. Glad so many people remember how congress actually works.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm |
      • pismire

        Pretty sure it was Kennedy (a president) who PROMISED we'd land on the moon on a specific date. Yep. Pretty sure... If the president has nothing to do with NASA, why is space ever mentioned during campaigning? NASA is all part of the government media complex... We never landed on the moon. Everyone knows it.

        September 7, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        'We never landed on the moon. Everyone knows it.'
        oh jeez.

        September 7, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
      • Sigh.....

        "Pretty sure it was Kennedy (a president) who PROMISED we'd land on the moon on a specific date. Yep. Pretty sure..."

        Um, I'm "pretty sure" that Kennedy set a goal (not a promise) that we would land on the moon by the end of the decade (not a specific date). Big difference.

        September 7, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
      • douglasjames

        I am curious if the flag is still there, and if they can locate the golf ball.

        September 7, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
      • realisticbutoptomistic

        Kennedy "promised" but NASA delivered. They did the work not Kennedy. They did the research to get there. All Kennedy did was talk about it. Hardly doing much when all you have to do is talk about something and someone else actually makes it happen. So yea, the prez has little to do with it. We pay for the program, congress decides how much they get, NASA decides how they spend it.

        September 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
    • marc

      Yeah...lets get the GOP back in there so they can finish off the mess they put us in right now when Bush was there. Don't you think we should be way pass the moon by now we already been there.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
  78. james

    We will find out the moon is actually made in China.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
    • crookedarm

      Now that's funny!

      September 7, 2011 at 3:02 pm |
    • douglasjames

      This is one of the worthwhile post I have ever read! Kudos

      September 8, 2011 at 5:20 am |
  79. Optimus Prime

    Perhaps we will expose the Decepticon menace once and for all.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  80. Pete

    "Zuber is the principle scientist for NASA’s GRAIL Mission to the moon."

    Should be 'principal.'

    Everyone who says I'm wrong is wrong.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Dave

      And how about 'Moonkam'? What's wrong with 'Mooncam"! The site is being provided to students and teachers for Christ's sake!

      September 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  81. TC

    EVERYONE knows that it's cheese inside the moon.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  82. Conrad1978

    Their gonna take pictures of little "parasite rock creatures" as in Apollo 18.
    But with that being said, 800 lbs & they still don't know? Didn't they shoot a missle into the moon last year to see if they were any signs of water? How'd that work out? Hell, maybe they never were really on the moon.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
    • Reson & Logic

      And maybe you only exist in theory.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
      • collins61

        @Reson and logic; Not only are you not exhibiting either traits that make up your name, you've misspelled Reason. Your credibility, if there was any, is in shreds. Please leave the same way you got in.

        September 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
    • CW

      They found traces of water. That's how it worked out.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
      • Conrad1978

        @CW
        I know they found water, but what's the actual good news here? We can't mine it (yet). If we could mine the moon, we'd be mining for Helium 3 (a far more precious resource).

        September 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • rightthewrng

      its because that is all surface material if we took the top 5 feet of soil on earth at one point and studied it we would NOT have a good discription of our earth's properties. think about it is 800 pounds of dirt enough to tell what makes up the inside of the earth i think not.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
      • Conrad1978

        @rightthewrng
        Well said.
        But what I meant was, NASA is still guessing what the moon is made up of inside? NASA can tell me what properties make up the Sun (including its interior), other planets, the galaxy, etc.. But they can't tell me what Eath's closest little buddy (the moon) is made up of inside? Odd, isn't it? All the rovers, sattelite surveys & scans in space, yet we forgot to scan the one site most consider to be a "jumping off point" for possible space travel?

        September 7, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  83. dale

    NASA need to get their priorities straight look at the space station that's a perfect example I don't know what they're doing.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
    • Reson & Logic

      The space station is not a NASA-only project. It is called the International Space Station for a reason.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
      • Yetizen

        You have misspelled Rosin & Logjam!

        September 7, 2011 at 6:45 pm |
  84. Dan

    the moon is made of cheese, duh. Idiots.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  85. Yea Right

    I meant, "there would be living stations on the moon if the united states have been there several times already."

    September 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • BillyBob

      Wow! You're a perfect example of a moron!

      September 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • douglasjames

        And your post is an example of superior intellect?

        September 7, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • BS

      You really didn't need to clarify your worthless post. Items left behind on the moon such as the rover, footprints, rover tracks, and equipment has been photographed from earth.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
      • rightthewrng

        photographed by whom please do tell i bet it was nasa and no astronomer has ever taken pictures of the rover from earth maybe a supposed "sattelite picture" from nasa but that is it learn more physics then watch the moon landing again for yourself.

        September 7, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
      • Cedar Rapids

        'learn more physics then watch the moon landing again for yourself.'
        and what in physics do you believe shows that the moon landings didnt happen?

        September 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
    • Upandadam

      Man has been to the top of Mt Everest several times as well and there are no living stations there? Does that mean summiting Mt Everest is a hoax?

      Come on. Think!

      September 7, 2011 at 2:44 pm |
      • rightthewrng

        good point but i bet there is evidence of us being near the summit of everest, and there is no radiation belt between us and the summit of everest. i think the VIDEO TAPPED MOON LANDING IS FAKE. but i do believe we have the technology to go there we just put out that there is no life anywhere else so we have to back it up. I.E. an empty moon.

        September 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm |
  86. bdgfn

    “I’m predicting that we’re gonna find something and I don’t know what it is,” says Zuber

    Way to put yourself out there, Maria!

    September 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • eyeresistible

      Exactly what I was thinking. What do they possibly think they're going to find that is going to help the crisis we're in? Sounds like a big waste to me.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  87. Yea Right

    There never was a moon landing. Russia put the first astronaunts in space and America had to top that and say we put the first man on the moon. No man has ever been on the moon. Why send all these probes up there if they've been there several times already. And you know America, they would living stations with the united states flags on top of them.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Loren Davidson

      You should really take off the tinfoil once in a while.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:29 pm |
    • BillyBob

      "Man has never landed on the moon"? Are you high or just extremely uneducated?

      September 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • Ha!

      Oh man you're funny! Lots of people are stupid, but you are a special kind of stupid.....call it Neanderthal-stupid.....Buzz Aldrin should deck you like he did that other Homo neanderthalensis.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
      • Mr. Biggles

        Amen! Buzz Aldrin became my favorite scientist ever that day. Rock on, Buzz.

        September 7, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
      • horsefishfox

        I must correct you. It is Denisovan. Not Neanderthal.

        September 7, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • larvadog

      Explain this then – http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/apollo-sites.html

      September 7, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
    • Caveman

      Makes you wonder... doesn't it... why there isn't a moon-base already as opposed to a space station. If you ask me, it would of been wiser first to put a low-gravity base on the moon first, then have an orbital station or both at the same time to maximize experimentation and adaptation to low gravity. Who's in charge of this whole thing? ? ?.. Maybe I need to be.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
      • Reson & Logic

        Not to give credence to conspiracy theories but perhaps we're not being told everything. I do believe that we sent men to the moon but there has to be a reason why there is such a large gap between our moon missions and this upcoming moon exploration. It all can't be explained away by the Shuttle program since the Shuttle was only intended as a means to transport people and equipment to the space station and therefore why did we go to the moon in the first place if we then shifted our priorities so dramatically. It could be that we haven't resolved the long periods of having to live in reduced gravity, the complexities of food production, dangers of cosmic radiation and meteorites in the moon's non-atmosphere. We only know what we are being told so I believe there is much that is kept from us.

        September 7, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
      • Jason

        Cost is the main reason. The shuttle was the only vehicle large enough to lift some of the pieces of the ISS to where they are now, and there is/was no design for the shuttles to land on something like the moon and be able to lift off again and return. They wanted to maximize the usage out of the shuttles, even though they (the shuttles) were used far less frequently than they were originally envisioned to be used. Also, getting food/water/personnel to the ISS is tough enough, particularly now that the shuttles are gone. Lifting that kind of material all the way to the moon, constructing and keeping a moon-base supplied, is a lot tougher (relatively speaking) than keeping the equivalent of a large satellite in orbit.

        September 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm |
    • ummm....yeah right!

      OMG! Your so right! I bet there is no moon at all, it's just a painting they hung from the roof that we think is a sky! We never landed on the moon, JFK, 9/11 ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh it's taking over my brain, quick lend me your tin foil hat! ROFLMAO thanks for the good laugh, you can always expect a good laugh when there is a serious scientific article on CNN. They just seem to bring out all the fun people!

      September 7, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
    • Kush Rim-Farter

      If you believe it, then by-golly it must be true! All of you Moon/911/JFK and every other conspiracy nuts need to get a life. You're the same f-tards that are of the mind-set: (in a southern drawl) "well Cletis, if we can't figure it out, it must be magic or a miracle or it just didn't happen" Yeah, that's right, 2-people can't keep their effing mouths shut, but the thousands and thousands of people involved in the Moon and 911 conspiracies are all covering up for some type of "inside job" f-tards, f-tards, f-tards, f-tards...stupid people suck!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  88. Mike

    Silly, everyone knows the moon is made of cheese!

    September 7, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Reson & Logic

      And there's a cow jumping over it every night, right?

      September 7, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • horsefishfox

      I thought the moon was made of my butt.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  89. Nikki

    Darn! I was hoping NASA was going to send Obozo there. Maybe he'll fit in one of the washing machines????

    Maybe they can figure out why, when it's hit by something, that rings like a bell for hours. Most solid things are not known for their ability to ring.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
    • Reson & Logic

      They recently said the eastern US earthquake made the ground ring like a bell so I guess that proves the moon and the Earth are formed of the same material. Cancel the moon mission, we just saved NASA a ton of money.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
    • al "not so" sharpton

      they were going to send a human to the moon o'blowzo doesnt count..........

      September 7, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  90. Bill

    A recent search showed illegal aliens from central america were caught hiding in the two washing machine size capsules set to go to the moon. They probably would have gone unnoticed, but the odor of marijuana and sulfur gave them away. When asked where they were from they said ASAN. Sure lets go to the moon since we don't manufacturer anything in this country. Both Capsules said made in China.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  91. Hybridhor

    Of course where they will be allowed to take photos will be a selected area that they know does not have a base, as the moon is litered with them. They already know the moon is hollow/artificial. Now they just want to see what is really inside it. And the bomb that was dropped 2 years ago, was a cover just to monitor the vibration of the moon to see how it reacts. It wobbled but in a fasion like there were dampers to control it. NASA has been lying to you all this time.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • Benny

      Nothing more (or less) interesting than a conspiricy!

      September 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • Mr. Biggles

      Where do you find your incredibly reliable sources. Your intimate knowledge of the moon astounds me! I'm floored.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
      • sommer

        Ok, first off, it takes a lot of information and research to find the truth. As always said, the truth will set you free!!!! Check out the watcher files, sherry shriner, david icke, ect ect... all the information might not be true that is for you to decide, but it will deff. take your mind in directions not before sought after. Once you learn to put information together like puzzles you will take off in your path of truth. Symbolism in numbers, such as 11, 22, 33 ect ect will follow patterns during tragedies, as these planned events give energy to lifeforms we aren't suppose to know about. Example, the 33 trapped miners is a good one to use. Also listen to lyrics in music, all music, as you will really start to wonder who "they" are that gets you thinking, also check out things in movies.. happy hunting...there is much much to know, discover and understand!!!

        September 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
      • Kush Rim-Farter

        @ Sommer; You're a ding-dong and please share with the Interwebs community the type and grade of the weed you're smoking...wooooow maaaaaaan...

        September 7, 2011 at 4:22 pm |
  92. JWS

    Principal, not principle. Please correct this typo. Who is writing your blog?

    September 7, 2011 at 2:15 pm |
  93. arthur uzo

    I thought Armstrong and co have done that before. It is still called first.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  94. Mike

    This sounds cool until they photograph the secret alien bases on the moon and then no one will ever hear of these probes again.

    September 7, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • Out Of Order

      If these kids do get a photograph of alien bases, you think these little kiddos have something to worry about?...I mean....Surely the government wouldn't try to exterminate kids and teachers if they found out some top secret info...would they? 🙂

      September 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  95. Al Sharpton

    This only proves no human ever set foot on the moon. The original moon landings were fake. There is nothing on the moon that is not know to us today. Waste of money. Use the money to irrigate the arid desserts on the African continent so the starving populas can eat. Also spend money in West Virginia to help the impoverished.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:59 pm |
    • Mike

      please shut up...you're a real friggin whack job.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
    • Jesse Jackson

      You're an idiot. There are a lot of things that are not "know" to us about the moon. As for the "populas", let them water their own desert.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Van Allen

      Well, I have doubts that we went to the moon also, so could they please just send pictures back of the landing sites and end this controversy for good? Show us the flag that may or may have not rippled in the wind. Show us the footprints that should have been blown away, and the landing modules. That won't really explain why it took us 40 years to make it back, but it will kill the conspiracy. Just a thought.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
      • Dan

        Wish granted: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/news/apollo-sites.html

        September 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • Mike

        http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/09/06/scitech/main20102114.shtml

        do a little research before you spout off with your baseless conspiracy theories.

        September 7, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
      • JOE

        You know when he looks at the pictures from the lunar orbiter, he's going to say they were faked.

        September 7, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
      • Yetizen

        The main reason we haven't been back to the moon in 40 years is we cannot yet adequately sheild our astronauts from ionizing space radiation. We were incredibly lucky the first go round. Relativistic iron ions cause all sorts of cancers and such. Scientists are just now learning how to sheild from them. Funny you picked the name Van Allen and didn't know that.

        September 7, 2011 at 6:56 pm |
    • joe

      xxxxx

      September 7, 2011 at 3:58 pm |
    • al "not so" sharpton

      africa? why dont you get the chi-knees, rushians, or the mud-eatern maggots to irrigate? The usa has been around 200+ years and africa 10,000? why do we have to babysit a bunch of sex addicts? in fact why dont you go help them and you and albert sharptun can stay............................

      September 7, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • Harry Caray

      iDIOT....PLEASE DONT VOTE!

      September 7, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
    • cja

      Great suggestions on how to use the money but have you done the math? A million dollars sounds like a lot of money until you try to feed a million people and find that each person only gets a buck. Less actually because you have to put gas in the trucks that moves the food and pay the drivers so on. The way to feed Africa is to teach young women that having 8 kids is not in their best interest.

      September 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  96. douglasjames

    Watch out for illegal aliens.

    September 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  97. CIA Operative

    Maybe they will finally get some pics of that base on the back side of the moon.....

    September 7, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
    • crookedarm

      The backside of the moon probably looks like it does here on earth–fat and full of pockmarks.

      September 7, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
    • douglasjames

      Pink Floyd understands the, "Dark Side of the Moon", does that count in the big picture of life on the Moon?

      September 7, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  98. Sam Skwirl

    ... Oh, and FIRST!!!!

    September 7, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  99. Sam Skwirl

    Well obviously the moon is made of cheese... this has been researched to death!

    September 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
    • Jack

      Sorry, Sam, they found out it was rock. It also explains why we never went back.

      September 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
      • Satan

        Brilliant!!

        September 7, 2011 at 2:31 pm |
      • rightthewrng

        sorry sam, but we only know what the surface is the whole point of this mission is to find out what is underneath the surface your smart remark only made you look stupid. we never went back because of the van allen radiation belt that would kill any who pass it. which is far closer than the moon.

        September 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • eyeresistible

        rightthewrng: I think the point is – who cares what's underneath? This planet has more imminent problems right now than to foolishly spend so much money only to come back empty handed like we have for the past 40 years.

        September 7, 2011 at 2:53 pm |

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