Shoot the Moon! Live webcast of lunar impact

The LCROSS mission is seeking to find if water ice is present in a crater near the Moon's south pole.Provided by Exploratorium, San Francisco, California
By | Published: October 6, 2009 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
LCROSS separation from spent Centaur rocket stage
This illustration shows LCROSS separation from spent Centaur rocket stage during lunar approach.
NASA/Northrop Grumman
October 6, 2009
Is water ice present or absent in a crater near the Moon’s south pole? NASA’s Lunar Crater Observing and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission is seeking a definitive answer by intentionally crashing a spacecraft into the Moon.

The Exploratorium in San Francisco presents a live webcast of this event, streamed from the Lick Observatory in California, Friday, October 9, beginning at 7:00 a.m. EDT (4:10 a.m. PDT)*. The Exploratorium Web team will cover the mission, the explosion on the Moon, and the plume of matter that will shoot 40 feet (12 meters) into the air from the lunar surface and be visible in large telescopes on Earth. Watch live online at as the events unfold. *Time and date subject to change; please check at for the latest information.”