I'll be looking at the moon on October 10th. And guess what? I don't think anything will have happened to it. I love it when they set dates, it makes this so much easier.
6/24/2009 7:53:11 PM
There actually is an LCROSS mission (http://lcross.arc.nasa.gov/), which plans to drop a probe into the surface.
However, I don't expect the Moon People to launch a fleet of Cavorite warships in retalliation ... considering that meteorites slam into the Moon all the freaking time.
6/24/2009 8:21:40 PM
Don't worry Alfred, I've reported it to the Intergalactic Authorities. I'm sure that the Zetan Grey/Repillians of Niburu/Planet X/Tau Ceti will sort it all out.
6/24/2009 9:32:37 PM
But you've forgotten the worst scenario: That Rita Repulsa and her monster henchmen will be blasted free from their space prison.
6/24/2009 10:21:00 PM
6/24/2009 11:26:35 PM
Nathan the Wise
There is no dark side of the moon really ... and the lunatics are in the hall. The paper holds their folded faces to the floor, and every day the paper boy brings more ...
6/25/2009 1:01:06 AM
...and furthermore the sky will be polluted with the stench of burning green cheese from the moon bombing...
6/25/2009 1:48:02 AM
"The NASA moon bombing, a component of the LCROSS mission, may also trigger conflict with known extraterrestrial civilizations on the moon"
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The Toast King will be displeased.
6/25/2009 2:01:50 AM
You owe me a new keyboard.
6/25/2009 2:03:29 AM
I don't even know where to start.
6/25/2009 2:22:11 AM
6/25/2009 3:29:12 AM
Seriously, this makes no sense even inside the twisted like world of the likes of Webre.
NASA has announced the mission, its intent and the target way ahead of time, which is not the usual way acts of agression are carried out. Also, probes are notoriously fragile things and any civilisation capable of colonising space would have not the slightest difficulty in taking out this probe well before it could present a risk to them.
6/25/2009 3:33:34 AM
I give up. There's no way to argue with this.
6/25/2009 4:20:27 AM
We've been bullying the moon for far too long. Soon they will stand up against their orbital oppressors. No blood for tides!
6/25/2009 5:30:11 AM
...................................What? Space law? Does that even exist? I mean, outside of Star Trek?
Even within that pile of lunacy (hah!), I can see where you got facts screwed up. There is in fact a UN Outer Space Treaty which mentions the provision you quote in your second paragraph, which 98 nations have ratified and a further 27 have signed (your 98/125 is technically accurate but can be misleading). However, the test is not a violation of that provision - no base is being established, the "weapon" is not being tested (I presume they wouldn't use a kinetic weapon without making sure it did what they wanted beforehand), and this isn't a military maneuver.
Your claim from the first paragraph, that it violates "space law prohibiting environmental modification of celestial bodies," isn't in the Outer Space Treaty. It's a separate treaty, the Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, which has been ratified by only 13 countries and signed by another 4. Only by the strictest standards possible could this fall under environmental modification; they are adding nothing that wouldn't be expected to occur on the Moon, only creating a crater which could be made at any time by a meteor impact anyway. The summary I read isn't very comprehensive, but I presume that the spirit of the law is to prevent people from totally trashing the environment by adding a bunch of stuff that shouldn't be there, like nuclear waste or something.
I'm not even going to get into your babble about moon civilizations. Suffice to say that's so far divorced from reality it's not even getting alimony.
6/25/2009 9:26:36 AM
Wait, I think that precisely guys from NASA are perfectly aware of the problem that would be bombing the moon, in more than one sense. For what exactly?
6/25/2009 9:28:20 AM
6/25/2009 12:37:49 PM
Just to be clear, NASA really is planning to bomb the moon, to see what chemicals turn up in the dust cloud.
6/25/2009 9:02:46 PM
Ha Ha Ha! Your puny technology is no match for our mighty moon intellects. We will bend you over and make you our bitches. And then you will have to send us your furniture! And your cigarettes... And maybe some lottery tickets. To demonstrate our power OBSERVE THE QUAD LASER!
6/26/2009 6:41:43 AM
Since when is there a Space Law? And the Moon is a tiny ball of razor sharp dust with no atmosphere. Nothing could live on the moon.
Are there even 125 nations in the world? Because I'm pretty sure we still haven't made contact with any alien life.
6/26/2009 8:45:19 AM
Don't worry, our Space Lawyers have checked it out, and they've found a loophole. The inhabitants of those "known civilizations" on the moon won't have a leg to stand on in court.
6/27/2009 1:06:57 AM
Known extraterrestrial civilizations on the moon? Dude, "Amazon Women on the Moon" is not a credible source.
6/27/2009 9:02:29 AM
Considering the U.S Airforce seriously considered "nuking the Moon" in the late 1950's, using a modified Atlas, & a 20Kt warhead, in order to show to the former Soviet Union, that they could score cheap political points, in the "Space Race", this is perhaps some 50 years late...
Incedentally, when has waging "Aggressive War" ever bothered the U.S, as you could argue, for example, that Operation Enduring Freedom was aggressive war, & thus was a war crime ...?
6/27/2009 9:10:10 PM
Captain Obvious: "Are there even 125 nations in the world? Because I'm pretty sure we still haven't made contact with any alien life."
The reported number varies based on your definition of "country" and some other intricacies, but there's generally considered to be around 195 countries in the world.
6/29/2009 8:57:47 AM
Crazy Internet Hobo
"contrary to space law prohibiting environmental modification of celestial bodies"
Wait a minute... We have one of those? We must repell that at once, before anyone realises that Earth is also a celestial body! Also, what about the Dream of terraforming moons and plantets and stuff? This legislation's trouble, I tells ye!
12/4/2009 3:04:56 PM