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(LA Times)   And it begins. U.S. to launch a missile strike on the moon next month. Unexplained monoliths have no comment yet   (latimes.com) divider line 100
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2009-09-13 12:29:04 PM  
To be fair, it was launched back in June.
 
2009-09-13 12:40:12 PM  
I'm enlarging my cellar, in case the moon shoots back.
 
2009-09-13 12:52:43 PM  
i15.photobucket.com
 
2009-09-13 12:53:27 PM  
I hope all you people that signed that "Nuke the moon" petition are happy now.
 
2009-09-13 12:54:35 PM  
So I should be expecting a cool fireworks show for my birthday?
 
2009-09-13 01:01:06 PM  
Where's your quad laser now, biatches?
 
2009-09-13 01:07:47 PM  
St_Francis_P: I hope all you people that signed that "Nuke the moon" petition are happy now.

Not until we have eliminated their WMD program.
 
2009-09-13 01:14:01 PM  
Harcourt Fenton Mudd: So I should be expecting a cool fireworks show for my birthday?

Only if your 'scope is 10 inches or larger...
 
2009-09-13 01:36:04 PM  
The Mooninites are not going to be happy about this one.
 
2009-09-13 01:36:04 PM  
i32.tinypic.com

Guess I better start hunting the Morlocks before they start hunting me.
 
2009-09-13 01:39:09 PM  
My company has a spectrometer in the payload, aptly named Alice.
 
2009-09-13 01:40:57 PM  
We better destroy the monolith in the fist blow, because if it gets that signal out, we're screwed.
 
2009-09-13 01:44:10 PM  
Link (new window)

Will they be doing it during a full moon to make sure they get it all?
 
2009-09-13 01:45:46 PM  
 
2009-09-13 01:46:26 PM  
TMA1 does NOT approve.
 
2009-09-13 01:48:29 PM  
Gentlemen, we can... no, MUST blow up the moon. We have the technology
 
2009-09-13 01:49:00 PM  
Why are people getting the idea that this is a nuke? Sounds like a conventional warhead to me.
 
2009-09-13 01:49:59 PM  
That's cause you don't mess with God's America

/sees several other people here thought of the same sketch
//happy now
 
2009-09-13 01:50:38 PM  
it's not even a 'warhead' - it's just a big empty tank hurtling into the moon at a fairly high velocity.
 
2009-09-13 01:52:01 PM  
Bigglesworth III: The Mooninites Adam Selene and Simon Jester are not going to be happy about this one.

/Guess what I've been listening to on audiobook...
 
2009-09-13 01:53:16 PM  
www.thoseshirts.com
 
2009-09-13 01:54:16 PM  
I still think we are going about space colonization all wrong. You can either:

1) Terraform a large percentage of the Universe so our squishy, fragile little water balloon bodies can survive in it (not feasible).

2) Make Cybernetic bodies that can survive in a large percentage of the Universe as it is (feasible).
 
2009-09-13 01:55:01 PM  
img225.imageshack.us
 
2009-09-13 01:56:11 PM  
tea, let's shoot missles at the thing keeping our gravity in check...

amoung our calendar.
 
2009-09-13 01:57:26 PM  
Why does the US Want to destroy The Watcher?

i6.photobucket.com

What has Uatu done to us?
 
2009-09-13 02:00:13 PM  
Screw the moon, what's it ever done for us? And don't give me that crap about the tides. They're more trouble than not.

I say shoot it in the eye.
 
2009-09-13 02:01:11 PM  
where are all the libtards protesting to end the war on the moon?!?!

/OooOooH the humanity!
 
2009-09-13 02:02:39 PM  
So, NASA is going to plunge a rocket deep into parts of the moon where the sun never shines ... and they called the rocket Lacrosse?

/must be Duke grads at NASA
 
2009-09-13 02:05:33 PM  
Wolfmanjames: Bigglesworth III: The Mooninites Adam Selene and Simon Jester are not going to be happy about this one.

/Guess what I've been listening to on audiobook...


Don't be so Harsh!
 
2009-09-13 02:08:45 PM  
Link (new window)

/Mr Show
 
2009-09-13 02:12:25 PM  
We're Earthlings! We should blow up Earth things!

/Did President "Whitie" ok this plan?
 
2009-09-13 02:15:23 PM  
I got 10 bucks saying it will deflate.
 
2009-09-13 02:19:49 PM  
Maybe there was a report that Bin Ladin was hiding in a cave crater in the south pole of the moon?
 
2009-09-13 02:23:18 PM  
Monoliths

It's full of Cheese Grommet! Cheese!

\Nothing
 
2009-09-13 02:26:30 PM  
Punch a hole where the sun don't shine, to look for water santorum.
 
2009-09-13 02:29:54 PM  
episteme.arstechnica.com
 
2009-09-13 02:34:53 PM  
*fap* *fap*

I hit the target!
 
2009-09-13 02:35:51 PM  
PacManDreaming: Guess I better start hunting the Morlocks before they start hunting me.

That movie wasn't all that bad ... just a bit ... disjointed.
 
2009-09-13 02:37:49 PM  
I bought a telescope this summer in preparation of this event. It's still not entirely clear to me how visible this will be- it's very near the south pole, and I'm not sure how lit the general area will be (the crater is obviously very dark, which makes it an ideal impact site). Anybody else know more? The weeb doesn't seem to say as much as one would hope.
 
2009-09-13 02:40:42 PM  
C'mon. They said all these worlds are ours.
 
2009-09-13 02:50:00 PM  
i30.tinypic.com

No comment (yet).
 
2009-09-13 02:52:35 PM  
Won't someone PLEASE think of the Tiny Humans and Primates!

i2.ytimg.com
 
2009-09-13 02:52:59 PM  
Unexplained monoliths have no comment yet

Put them under hot, bright light until they scream.
 
2009-09-13 02:55:52 PM  
Whew, glad someone is trying to protect us from Dark Phoenix
 
2009-09-13 02:57:42 PM  
Scientists have suggested that water ice millions of years old might be found in the shadowed craters of the moon's north and south poles, where the sun never shines.

So thaaaaat's where we're supposed to 'stick it'

/now I get it
//will sleep peacefully tonight
 
2009-09-13 03:02:00 PM  
stuartcondy.files.wordpress.com

Does not approve.
 
2009-09-13 03:08:58 PM  
OMG! It's full of stars!
 
2009-09-13 03:13:13 PM  
I do not approve. Too bad no one asked me.
 
2009-09-13 03:13:35 PM  
Where's the CABUM? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering CABUM!
 
2009-09-13 03:17:00 PM  
unyon: I bought a telescope this summer in preparation of this event. It's still not entirely clear to me how visible this will be- it's very near the south pole, and I'm not sure how lit the general area will be (the crater is obviously very dark, which makes it an ideal impact site). Anybody else know more? The weeb doesn't seem to say as much as one would hope.

I wanted to watch this. too. I then found a Celestron PowerSeeker 114 for $95.00 including the shipping charge. Unbelievable deal. I bought four Super Plossl lenses for $31 on eBay. I love this recession.

Linky Pop for the crater name and more info (new window)
 
2009-09-13 03:19:10 PM  
unyon
I bought a telescope this summer in preparation of this event. It's still not entirely clear to me how visible this will be- it's very near the south pole, and I'm not sure how lit the general area will be (the crater is obviously very dark, which makes it an ideal impact site). Anybody else know more? The weeb doesn't seem to say as much as one would hope.


Go ask these folks,they'll know.

Phil Plait (aka The Bad Astronomer) is a Farker,maybe he'll stop by in this thread.
 
2009-09-13 03:31:46 PM  
or as little as 3% of the amount in the Great Salt Lake

So the current volume is about 10 000 000 acre feet = 2.9592803 cubic miles (10 000 000 x .03) * acre feet = 0.0887784091 cubic miles and 0.0887784091 (cubic miles) = 9.77554286 × 1010 US gallons so the low estimate is 100 billion gallons! The high estimate is the volume of Lake Erie which is 40 times more at 120 cubic miles all in just one crater. I'm going to call shenanigans right now.
 
2009-09-13 03:36:56 PM  
Babies with Rabies: Where's the CABUM? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering moon-shattering CABUM!

FTFY

www.liquidmatrix.org
 
2009-09-13 03:44:11 PM  
 
2009-09-13 03:48:09 PM  
PacManDreaming: Thank you for reminding me. Need to get that movie again.

/came, left, etc. etc.
 
2009-09-13 03:52:08 PM  
What does it matter if we're not going to go?
 
2009-09-13 03:53:35 PM  
St_Francis_P: I hope all you people that signed that "Nuke the moon" petition are happy now.

We will be once the candyasses finally get around to doing it
 
2009-09-13 04:00:43 PM  
Funny, I stumbled upon this movie not too long ago..

Moon Rising (new window)

So now we're sending a rocket to the moon "..to punch a hole in the lunar surface next month in search of water."

Something doesn't smell right..

/tin-foil hat plz
 
2009-09-13 04:05:47 PM  
BasqueBastard: I wanted to watch this. too. I then found a Celestron PowerSeeker 114 for $95.00 including the shipping charge. Unbelievable deal. I bought four Super Plossl lenses for $31 on eBay. I love this recession.

Your going to need at least a 10" mirror to see it. Sell the little 114 and get a 10"+ dob.
 
2009-09-13 04:05:48 PM  
Doesn't this violate a few treaties? Oh yeah, I forgot NASA is above the law. I guess they bypass that whole thing by using a kinetic bomb rather than an explosive one.

Those whalers on the moon better be prepared.
 
2009-09-13 04:06:25 PM  
Don't think of it as a missile strike; just think of it as a lunar biopsy.
 
2009-09-13 04:10:52 PM  
We came in peace for all mankind. The first time.
 
2009-09-13 04:19:21 PM  
Gooble741
Doesn't this violate a few treaties? Oh yeah, I forgot NASA is above the law. I guess they bypass that whole thing by using a kinetic bomb rather than an explosive one.

Those whalers on the moon better be prepared.


Idiot.
 
2009-09-13 04:25:23 PM  
lazymojo: Why are people getting the idea that this is a nuke? Sounds like a conventional warhead to me.

Because it's more fun that way. You've been on Fark a while, you know we like to deal in rank speculation and idle gossip more than dry facts and reality. Honestly. Some people are so boring.
 
2009-09-13 04:25:56 PM  
www.flagandbanner.com

NASA's new flag to be left on the moon.
 
2009-09-13 04:53:41 PM  
Damn, all the good Mr. Show Show quotes have been referenced.
 
2009-09-13 04:56:10 PM  
www.nkeconwatch.com

Not if Kim Jong Il can complete his Plan to Bring the Moon the North Korea first.
 
2009-09-13 04:59:50 PM  
WeenerGord

Came to post this, pleased to be unnecessary.
 
2009-09-13 05:18:15 PM  
It does mater!
 
2009-09-13 05:41:08 PM  
You prefer another target, subby? A military target? Then name the system!
 
2009-09-13 05:47:19 PM  
Software2 2009-09-13 01:40:57 PM
We better destroy the monolith in the fist blow, because if it gets that signal out, we're screwed.


In the original story that was the point: destroying the monolith cut the signal and that was the signal.

/The Sentinal
 
2009-09-13 05:50:46 PM  
Just wait until Dr. Evil shoots back.

ericlightborn.files.wordpress.com

... from his "Death Star"...

/*cough*ripoff*cough*
 
2009-09-13 05:55:45 PM  
What makes them think water is so important? Who's to say other lifeforms aren't made of ammonia or liquid nitrogen or something? These are aliens we're talking about here. They're so busy looking for water they're gonna miss the ammonia fish.

If they blow up the moon looking for water I'm gonna be pissed. Haven't any of them ever watched that Discovery Channel show about what it would be like without it.
 
2009-09-13 05:57:57 PM  
But won't this start an interstellar war with the alien base on the Darkside?
 
2009-09-13 06:30:13 PM  
RepoManTSM: But won't this start an interstellar war with the alien base on the Darkside?

No, they were already subdued by the X-men.
 
2009-09-13 06:30:22 PM  
What makes them think water is so important? Who's to say other lifeforms aren't made of ammonia or liquid nitrogen or something? These are aliens we're talking about here. They're so busy looking for water they're gonna miss the ammonia fish.

On, don't worry, someone will stop the Bismark from bothering the fish.
 
2009-09-13 06:40:51 PM  
unyon: I bought a telescope this summer in preparation of this event. It's still not entirely clear to me how visible this will be- it's very near the south pole, and I'm not sure how lit the general area will be (the crater is obviously very dark, which makes it an ideal impact site). Anybody else know more? The weeb doesn't seem to say as much as one would hope.

Well they said they're hitting where the sun never shines, and we only see the moon because of the light reflected off of it, so in all likelihood that was a waste of money, unless you have have a hot girl on your street who doesn't close the blinds.
 
2009-09-13 06:47:11 PM  
PTSSTP: unyon: I bought a telescope this summer in preparation of this event. It's still not entirely clear to me how visible this will be- it's very near the south pole, and I'm not sure how lit the general area will be (the crater is obviously very dark, which makes it an ideal impact site). Anybody else know more? The weeb doesn't seem to say as much as one would hope.

Well they said they're hitting where the sun never shines, and we only see the moon because of the light reflected off of it, so in all likelihood that was a waste of money, unless you have have a hot girl on your street who doesn't close the blinds.


It's the fark side of the moon.
 
2009-09-13 06:57:47 PM  
Man, the Sellinites are gonna be pissed.
 
2009-09-13 07:06:20 PM  
fillg: What makes them think water is so important?

The water is important to us. If we ever hope to have a base on the moon, a ready supply of water would be a big bonus.
 
2009-09-13 07:22:01 PM  
PTSSTP: unyon: I bought a telescope this summer in preparation of this event. It's still not entirely clear to me how visible this will be- it's very near the south pole, and I'm not sure how lit the general area will be (the crater is obviously very dark, which makes it an ideal impact site). Anybody else know more? The weeb doesn't seem to say as much as one would hope.

Well they said they're hitting where the sun never shines, and we only see the moon because of the light reflected off of it, so in all likelihood that was a waste of money, unless you have have a hot girl on your street who doesn't close the blinds.


It just now occurred to me they are shoving a rocket in the moon where the sun don't shine.
 
2009-09-13 08:03:41 PM  
JonnyBGoode: fillg: What makes them think water is so important?

The water is important to us. If we ever hope to have a base on the moon, a ready supply of water would be a big bonus.


But a ready supply of ammonia would be more beneficial to outer space terrorists and meth-makers.
 
2009-09-13 08:16:12 PM  
For centuries, mankind has dreamed of destroying the moon.

/DA MOON RULZ #1
 
2009-09-13 08:58:19 PM  
images2.wikia.nocookie.net
"So what. Big deal!"
 
2009-09-13 09:50:38 PM  
That's no 'moon'
 
2009-09-13 10:02:26 PM  
Bunch of rednecks disguised as nerds with a budget. "Shoot a rocket at it" is the new "hit it with a stick".

This will do nothing but maybe prove there might have been water on the moon that froze millions of years ago. Then what?
 
2009-09-13 10:17:10 PM  
I wonder if the Operation Green Cheese crew is prepared to handle to inevitable counter-strike from the Moon. All they have to do is alter orbit a bit, and homo sapiens is history. Not that that is a bad thing, mind you.
 
2009-09-13 10:50:24 PM  
boingboing.net

mrbarlow.files.wordpress.com

boingboing.net
 
2009-09-13 11:01:28 PM  
Spokesmen at Clavius Base declined comment.
 
2009-09-13 11:40:15 PM  
Monnoliths? Nah, they are just looking for whales.
 
2009-09-14 01:16:57 AM  
Babies with Rabies: Where's the CABUM? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering CABUM!

WTF is a CABUM?
 
2009-09-14 01:20:46 AM  
Nana's Vibrator: This will do nothing but maybe prove there might have been water on the moon that froze millions of years ago. Then what?

You DRTFA did you?
 
2009-09-14 08:08:10 AM  
Is this really the best way to check for water on the moon?

Obviously I am no rocket surgeon but wouldn't one of those little things rolling around on Mars be a better or more accurate instrument to do this?

Also, how does a 10" telescope compare to a telephoto lens? If I put one of those converter thingies on my camera and mount my 70-300mm lens will I be able to see/shoot anything?
 
2009-09-14 10:01:40 AM  
slackist: Is this really the best way to check for water on the moon?

Yes

slackist: Obviously I am no rocket surgeon but wouldn't one of those little things rolling around on Mars be a better or more accurate instrument to do this?

1) The water on the moon would be at the bottom of deep craters, where a rover would have trouble reaching

2) It's cheaper to throw an object at the crater and measure the atoms that are released than to design, build, and maintain a rover.
 
2009-09-14 11:05:25 AM  
slackist: Is this really the best way to check for water on the moon?


Dude. The US is just showing off. It's a pissing contest with North Korea. "Oh, so your SumTypeODong missiles can barely reach Japan? fark you. OUR missiles can assrape the farking MOON. Watch us!"
 
2009-09-14 11:32:14 AM  
images4.wikia.nocookie.net

Proud.
 
2009-09-14 01:53:11 PM  
Babies with Rabies: Where's the CABUM? There was supposed to be an earth-shattering CABUM!


In space, no one can hear you CABUM.
 
2009-09-14 04:18:41 PM  
We're Earthlings!
Let's Blow Up Earth Things!
 
2009-09-15 05:04:58 PM  
gr8fultom: Nana's Vibrator: This will do nothing but maybe prove there might have been water on the moon that froze millions of years ago. Then what?

You DRTFA did you?


oh I did. drink the millions year old frozen water? turn it into oxygen? use it for rocket fuel? Since we're not really doing this now, on a planet that is 2/3 water, I'm going to stand by my statement. Just didn't think I'd have to spell it out to smarty farkers.
 
2009-09-16 07:36:36 AM  
Nana's Vibrator: Since we're not really doing this now, on a planet that is 2/3 water

We don't need to, since there is a shiatload of other options here on Earth. When we establish a moon base (a moon observatory, for example), these things may become necessary.
 
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