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Scientists Witness Meteor Strike on the Moon

CmdrTaco posted more than 8 years ago | from the thats-what-they-want-us-to-think dept.

Moon 139

Lonesome Squash writes "BBC reports that scientists have seen a smallish meteor strike on the moon. Impact only equivalent to 70kg of TNT, but still, you wouldn't want to have it land on your moonbase. At that size, it's kind of neat they saw it at all."

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70kg TNT.. (0, Troll)

tewmten (608383) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384891)

.. Seems alot to me.. Big badda boom!

Dupe (5, Informative)

CrazyDoode (843836) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384892)

Re:Dupe (0, Offtopic)

Viper Daimao (911947) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384977)

Hey, it took them 9 days. I think they are getting better. Much better than that dupe of a story still on the front page. Plus this was right before christmas, editors probably werent paying full attention.

Re:Dupe (0, Offtopic)

Kijori (897770) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385021)

Pretty memorable story though. Some of the dupes could almost be new stories, the same thing happens so often, but this is the only moon-explosion dupe I've seen here on /.

Re:Dupe (1, Offtopic)

Viper Daimao (911947) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385044)

Just be glad we dont have any "Thats no moon..." comment dupes.

Re:Dupe (1, Offtopic)

Elvis Parsley (939954) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385075)

It's still early.

Re:Dupe (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14385099)

Just be glad we dont have any "Thats no moon..." comment dupes.

It's a trap!!!

Thats awesome news! (5, Funny)

Tune (17738) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385026)

This proves that - apparently - scientists have finally been able to *exactly* reproduce previous empirical results. Just imagine: not only is the impact exactly the same and on the same spot; on top of that the same musings appear on /. !

Amazing..

Re:Thats awesome news! (1)

ConsumerOfMany (942944) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385239)

Please, empirical shmerical. I have text thousands of years old that proves a higher power guided that meteor in.

Re:Thats awesome news! (2, Funny)

bhsurfer (539137) | more than 8 years ago | (#14386082)

I only hope that it didn't have the same catastrophic effect on the moon dinosaurs as the first one did...

Re:Dupe (3, Funny)

kfg (145172) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385029)

Don't be silly. The last one was about an explosion on the moon. That's exciting stuff. This one is simply about an ordinary old meteor strike.

KFG

Old News (1)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385147)

I read this last year. It was neat, sorta, but a bit overrated.

What was more interesting from the article, was the toxicity of Moon Dust and the fact that it's highly abrasive, sticks to everything and gets into everything because it's so light.

Seems back when the contest was announced for an autonomous robot to pick up regolite having to contend with the dust should be the greatest consideration.

In organic gardening, I used fossilized diatoms (diatomaceous earth, often used in pool filters) to fight worms, as it is to them like rolling around in broken glass.

Re:Old News (2, Informative)

Jaseoldboss (650728) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385236)

If you subscribe to NASA Science News you get to read about it on December 23rd. Link [nasa.gov]

Click "Join mailing list" at the top.

Re:Dupe (0, Offtopic)

Viper Daimao (911947) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385161)

Whats with the mod abuse of all our replies being labeled offtopic? I wasnt the one who said dupe, I just responded to the guy who did. Guess I can watch my karma burn.

Re:Dupe (1)

master_p (608214) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385386)

Dupes are good. It gives us a chance to read topics posted while we were sleeping. Please have in mind that /. is read all over the globe.

Re:Dupe (3, Funny)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385614)

Yes, but look at the misleading title:

Scientists Witness Meteor Strike on the Moon

I mean, when did we get scientists back on the moon in the first place? And was the meteor picketing, or was this a sit-down strike?

Corrected headline:

Scientists Witness Meteor Strike the Moon

amazing (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14384900)

The impact may have looked something like this <sarcasm> awesome, totally awesome </sarcasm>

moon terrorists (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14384905)

Pah, it's not a meteor strike, it's those pesky terrorists started blowing up the moon.

Re:moon terrorists (1, Funny)

ZeroExistenZ (721849) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384959)

Netcraft confirms, secret CIA bases on the moon.
Bush shakes fist.

Re:moon terrorists (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385105)

It happened on November 7th, but maybe it was November 5th on the Lunar calendar? Remember the Guy! [rhymes.org.uk] (400th anniversary.)

I don't understand (2, Insightful)

Pingular (670773) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384906)

How they get that [bbc.co.uk] from that [bbc.co.uk] . Is there some kind of science behind it, or is it just guesswork?

Re:I don't understand (2, Funny)

Billosaur (927319) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384991)

Is there some kind of science behind it, or is it just guesswork?

Yes there is science behind it, but it's far too hard to understand. That flash wouldn't have been caused by aliens, or the secret NASA Moonbase, or any of the other possible.... [sounds of gunfire]

Pay no attention to the previous paragraph. We're with the government and there is no cover-up...

Re:I don't understand (2, Funny)

rjstegbauer (845926) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385076)

Ummm...Doesn't *every* impact explosion look similar? Doesn't seem to be too much of a stretch for me.

Either that or...

What a coincidence that the Reptilian camera caught the explosion with Earth in the background! Should make a good screen saver.

--
Enjoy,
Randy

Re:I don't understand (1)

Skidge (316075) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385175)

The first picture was taken at the same film lot where they shot the moon landings, obviously.

Re:I don't understand (1)

Mondoz (672060) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385224)

That, or it just took out one of the real landing sites...

I've Found a Better Picture (2, Funny)

douglips (513461) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385357)

I've located a Hubble image of the impact damage [douglips.com] . Pretty impressive!

Re:I've Found a Better Picture (1)

Andrewkov (140579) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385470)

Looks a lot like Pac Man, actually.

Informative? (1)

douglips (513461) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385885)

Wow. Pass the hookah, moderator dude.

They aren't guessing. (1)

neoshroom (324937) | more than 8 years ago | (#14386012)

They aren't guessing. It looked exactly like that. Everyone knows that the moon being made of green cheese is a myth, as the picture clearly illustrates, the cheese is yellow. Probably chedder.

Re:I don't understand (1)

Galston (895804) | more than 8 years ago | (#14386099)

One of the Amazon Mturk trucks was driving past at the time and the BBC just leeched the image.

Only 70kg? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14384907)

That's more yield than the WMDs they "found" at Saddam's.

Re:Only 70kg? (2, Interesting)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385142)

Which is pretty good for a little 12 centimeter (anything is a WMD--imagine if it had been a whole Volkswagen (VWMD)!

Re:Only 70kg? (1)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385163)

(Slashdot could be smarter about handling non-HTML <s in text. Or I could just hit preview... Nah!)

Which is pretty good for a little 12 centimeter (< 5") rock. Mind you, at 27 km/s, just about anything is a WMD--imagine if it had been a whole Volkswagen (VWMD)!

popcorn 'n cheese (5, Funny)

BushCheney08 (917605) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384914)

Wasn't that same JiffyPop diagram used for another article recently?

Re:popcorn 'n cheese (1)

Enigma_Man (756516) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385340)

You're probably thinking of the exact same article :)

That explains it! (4, Funny)

cciRRus (889392) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384922)

The meteor must have destroyed the moon buggy that we are searching all along! In your face, conspiracy theorists!

Lunar Embassy (5, Funny)

ObsessiveMathsFreak (773371) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384931)

Danm it! I paid $20 dollars for that plot an all I got was this lousy meteorite hit. It's always the same. The minute you buy, some chump down the street gets blown away or some meteorite just crashes all over prime development land. And me with all these solar power bills to pay.

What next!

Re:Lunar Embassy (1)

Pryon (181814) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385213)

What, you don't like a high-yield crystite mine?

Re:Lunar Embassy (1)

whitehatlurker (867714) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385341)

Did you do too much MULE [eichberger.net] when you were younger, too?

Slashdot reader's thoughts: (-1, Offtopic)

Red Samurai (893134) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384934)

They take the same damn story twice, but they can't accept my original one! WTF!

Re:Slashdot reader's thoughts: (2, Funny)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385246)

They take the same damn story twice, but they can't accept my original one! WTF!

And they smacked you down to -1 too. Seems the eds spend more time seeking revenge than checking their stories. If you'd been Roland Piquepaille, they wouldn't have been so cavalier.

It's a shame (4, Interesting)

towaz (445789) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384938)

That no one is visiting the moon anytime soon; well hopefully China. The amount of meteors that must be around could probable find ones like that rock with worms in it.
Would settle the score about earth contamination at least.

Re:It's a shame (2, Interesting)

sgcarter (604847) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385063)

You mean this [space.com] rock?

Re:It's a shame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14385953)

That no one is visiting the moon anytime soon..

Russians sent several Moon robots (Lunokhods) http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap990109.html [nasa.gov] and got Moon rocks back. That's much easier way to get stuff from the Moon than manned missions.

From the article (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14384949)

They say "scientists witnessed it all".. and the photograph that comes along with the article states "this is what it might have looked like"...

I mean, if you saw it, post some pictures!

Errrrrrr , wha?????? Am I the only person to say "WTF??"

awesome story (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14384979)

that's cool about the moon!

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In Other News... (0, Offtopic)

DeathByDuke (823199) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384981)

Slashdot Astronomers observe another dupe impact CmdrTacos house

All these damn strikes (0)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384983)

Everywhere I look I see these damn strikes, and now the Meteors are picketing, too?

At least it's on the moon and shouldn't affect my daily travels like they did in New York a few days ago. Sheesh.

FF VII-2 (3, Funny)

Ironballs (915117) | more than 8 years ago | (#14384987)

To me sounds like Sephiroth has been defeated again

Speaking of explosions on the moon... (4, Interesting)

Caspian (99221) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385034)

There is an urban legend that at one point, the US Department of Defense actually wanted to NUKE the moon. I think the idea was supposedly that they would nuke a point on the moon that would appear to be one of the edges of the moon, as viewed from Moscow, so Muscovites (including the KGB) could actually see the blast with the naked eye. This was, of course, to be a demonstration of American military might designed to impress and frighten the USSR.

Can anyone comment upon the truth (or lack thereof) of this particular rumor?

Oops (1)

Caspian (99221) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385053)

...one of the edges of the moon...
I meant "on the edges of the moon", or more properly "on the edge of the moon", since a horizon visible as a circle is one "edge", I guess.

Re:Speaking of explosions on the moon... (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14385079)

Quick Google search found it. It looks like it was true. Carl Sagan even worked as part of the project.

http://www.space.com/news/spacehistory/nuke_moon_0 00514.html [space.com]

Re:Speaking of explosions on the moon... (1)

Alpha_Traveller (685367) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385626)

Wow. Right out of Space 1999. Thank god they never went through with it.

Re:Speaking of explosions on the moon... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14385295)

Don't they know nuclear explosions can blast the Moon out of Earth orbit, setting the stage for a television series [space1999.org] ?

Re:Speaking of explosions on the moon... (2, Funny)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385430)

the US Department of Defense actually wanted to NUKE the moon..... to be a demonstration of American military might designed to impress and frighten the USSR.

Then USSR would nuke the other side, starting a moon war and turn it into a vast sea of craters.......oh wait.
       

Re:Speaking of explosions on the moon... (1)

mikael (484) | more than 8 years ago | (#14386210)

... but they were deterred from carrying out this plan for fear of what retaliatory action the Soup Dragon and the rest of the Clangers would carry out (see the Astronaut episode for more details).

Gotta Nuke something... (1)

Brett Buck (811747) | more than 8 years ago | (#14386522)

The Russians got even further along this kind of thinking. Look into the "E-4 project" (I won't post my favorite link because while it might help my karma *here* it certainly won't help with my karma with the server owner to /. him!)

  It was actually not that bad an idea, before the advent of reliable complex telemetry systems, it was a fairly reasonable way to prove you had done it.

    Brett

Artistic renderings (1)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385045)

(For those who R'd TFA)

Don't you love cool images that make you say "wow!" and have a tiny caption at the bottom, saying:

"The impact may have looked something like this" or
"artist's rendering of ..."?

I think I'd stay with the real thing, thank you.

Re:Artistic renderings (3, Funny)

saider (177166) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385159)

I agree. Those 5 bright pixels are stunning.

Much science data is boring to non-scientists and the visuals help engage the casual reader.

Yikes... (-1, Offtopic)

Ionizer7 (814098) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385056)

I hope no one was standing there.

So That's Where it Went! (3, Funny)

Dante Shamest (813622) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385062)

And I thought my Meteor Strike didn't work. I just need to polish up my aiming.

The Moon Rules! #1 (-1, Offtopic)

tehlinux (896034) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385070)

On the moon, Slashdot nerds get their pants pulled down and they are spanked with moon rocks!

In other news. (3, Funny)

Tibor the Hun (143056) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385091)

The NY City subway drivers union filed a complaint against whomever is hurling rocks at the moon, claiming they're just trying to biggyback on the success of their recent strike.
Intelligent Rock Hurler was not available for comment. His coworkers who plot out the precise trajectories of rocks that result in these strikes also refused to talk to our reporters.

Re:In other news. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14385225)

The NYC Transit Authority has a long history planning for lunar exploration via bombardment, some of its membership even proposed sending a woman "bang, zoom" to the moon back before Sputnik was even on the drawing boards.

a smallish fetish (1, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385108)

Just use the word small, smallish just means rather small. Now the word small just looks weird.

I guess (1)

dr_dank (472072) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385131)

I guess that lunar Ben Affleck and lunar Bruce Willis and their ragtag group of lunar drilling guys failed to blow up the asteroid.

In before quotes (4, Funny)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385134)

M-O-O-N, that spells explosion...

Odd coincidence... (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385141)

Last night, out of the blue, my son wanted to know about craters on the moon and meteors, so we got out some astronomy books and chatted about the comet that crashed into Jupiter.

He's five, so I doubt he's reading Slashdot (yet)...

Re:Odd coincidence... (4, Funny)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385203)

He's five, so I doubt he's reading Slashdot (yet)...

  are you sure?? I see a lot of five year olds posting to /. all the time :D

Re:Odd coincidence... (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 8 years ago | (#14386402)


I don't think CmdrTaco would appreciate you calling him a 5 year old. ;-)

Re:Odd coincidence... (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385477)

so we got out some astronomy books and chatted about the comet that crashed into Jupiter. He's five,

Did the conversation end with, "This is what happens when you don't brush your teeth and clean your room"? Always worked on my kids.
           

Re:Odd coincidence... (1)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385516)

No, but he wasn't too fond of the concept of solar death, either.

"Happy Dupe Year!" Poll (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14385144)

Slashdot duplicates are:

o All too frequent
o Usually not worth reading once, much less twice.
o Proof that Slashdot editors don't read Slashdot
o Less annoying than dozens of wankers posting duplicate "Dupe!" posts
o All too frequent

Re:"Happy Dupe Year!" Poll (1)

mccalli (323026) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385248)

Option 4 please: "Less annoying than dozens of wankers posting duplicate "Dupe!" posts". The irony of posting the fiftieth "It's a dupe! Proves the editors aren't reading" post just seems completely lost on some people...

Cheers,
Ian

I'll go out on a limb here... (5, Funny)

qzulla (600807) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385162)

Now, I am no astro expert but I *think* I have the answer to this one:

However, as Nasa plans to return to the Moon by 2020, the agency says it needs to understand what happens after lunar impacts in order to protect astronauts.

I am guessing that there will be a crater of some sort after the impact. Maybe some floating dust. That sort of thing.

qz

Re:I'll go out on a limb here... (4, Informative)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385266)

> I am guessing that there will be a crater of some sort after the
> impact. Maybe some floating dust.

Dust doesn't float very well in a vacuum. In fact, it doesn't float at all. Dust particles created by the explosion will follow ballistic trajectories just like those of the larger fragments. This is important because while you are unlikely to be hit by a large chunk if you're kilometers away 1000 m/s dust could do a lot of damage.

Re:I'll go out on a limb here... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14385451)

Dust doesn't float very well in a vacuum.

Dust is kicked up by the impact then held more or less in place by gravity. How is this not floating?

Re:I'll go out on a limb here... (1)

shawnce (146129) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385523)

"floating" implies that the dust is randomly moving around despite the affects of gravity and it implies it is "floating" in something (water, "air", etc.). For floating to take place you need some external force that can over come gravity such as Brownian motion and/or electrostatics.

floating |?fl?ti ng | adjective [ attrib. ]
1 buoyant or suspended in water or air : a massive floating platform.
2 not settled in a definite place; fluctuating or variable : the floating population that is migrating to the cities.

Re:I'll go out on a limb here... (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385798)

Dust doesn't float very well in a vacuum . . .

I think it would look something like "floating" where the dust particles collide with each other an are sent off in new directions. This would simulate the floating phenomenon in areas where the concentration of dust is sufficiently great.

Your point about the 1000 m/s dust made me wonder what the escape velocity is on the moon. I did a little googling, and that number appears to be around 2400 m/s. So I guess the good news is there's an upper limit to the speed of the dust you'll get pummelled with on the moon from meteorite-ejected debris.

Re:I'll go out on a limb here... (1)

brontus3927 (865730) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385834)

Actually, IIRC, lunar dust tends to hover over the regolith due to some combination of the low gravity and static charges in the dust.

Sheer lunacy (1)

tentimestwenty (693290) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385410)

Watching the moon is no doubt useful, but to prepare for protecting astronauts against meteor strikes? That seems like a waste of time. I doubt there will be colonies on the moon in the next 100 years and even then, the cost of building a structure that can withstand the force of 70KG of TNT seems unreasonable. If we do live on the moon, it will be a bare bones outpost and the people that go there will be cowboys with little concern for death.

Not as big as Moon Base Alpha explosion in '99 (4, Funny)

srobert (4099) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385178)

I remember it well, it was only 7 years ago, but somehow it seems more like 30.

Re:Not as big as Moon Base Alpha explosion in '99 (2, Funny)

Harodotus (680139) | more than 8 years ago | (#14386024)

The so-called explosion wasn't even "NEAR" moon-base alpha, was far away on the dark side at several of the the nuclear waste disposal and storage facilities. As I recall, it took the better part of an hour by Eagle landers to reach it. This safety measure protected the residents of Moon Base Alpha even in the worst-case scenario that occurred in '99

Furthermore, It's minute long spontaneous ignition (caused by improper management of the facility and not following the safety specifications) was hardly an explosion, it was more like a briefly sustained fusion (fission?) event.

I do have to concede that it was certainly many orders of magnitude greater in terms of energy release. The Lunar ignition of '99 generated enough energy to accelerate a body the size of the moon by 5Gs or so (nobody blacked out from the acceleration) and sustain it long enough to have escape Solar system escape velocity. Various theories about the discrepancy between a 60 second 5G acceleration and Solar system escape velocity being caused by the previously unknown "space warp" are still under investigation.

Same shit, different day (1)

TreeHugger04 (739276) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385187)

"People just do not look at the moon anymore," said Dr Suggs, of Marshall's engineering directorate. I do sometimes but it looks the same shit to me.

No! (0, Redundant)

Phae (920315) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385202)

I said hit CmdrTaco's house with the meteor! Not some random rock on the moon!

Would an atmosphere have helped? (1)

amichalo (132545) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385212)

We know the moon gets struck often, or atleast, that was the thinking when I was in middle school, and that the Earth's atmosphere protects us from similar events.

What I would like to know is, had this same object entered Earth's atmosphere, would it have made it to the surface or burt up? How much atmosphere (as a percentage of Earth's where Earth's = 100%) would be required to "protect" surface objects from significant damage?

Re:Would an atmosphere have helped? (1)

voice_of_all_reason (926702) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385442)

Howstuffworks.com has some neat pointers:

It turns out that what these meteoroids lack in mass they make up for in speed, and this is what causes the flash of light in the sky. Meteoroids enter the atmosphere at extremely high speeds -- 7 to 45 miles per second

So how big does a meteoroid have to be to make it to the surface of the earth? Surprisingly, most of the meteoroids that reach the ground are especially small -- from microscopic debris to dust-particle-size pieces. They don't get vaporized because they are light enough that they slow down very easily. Moving about 1 inch per second through the atmosphere, they don't experience the intense friction that larger meteoroids do. In this sense, most all meteoroids that enter the atmosphere make it to the ground, in the form of microscopic dust.

As for meteoroids big enough to form visible meteors, estimates for the minimum size vary. This is because there are factors other than size involved. Most notably, a meteoroid's entry speed affects its chances of reaching the surface, because it determines the amount of friction the meteoroid experiences. Typically, though, a meteoroid would have to be about the size of a marble for a portion of it to reach the earth's surface. Smaller particles burn up in the atmosphere about 50 to 75 miles (80 to 120 kilometers) above the earth.

The meteorites a person is likely to find on the ground probably came from significantly larger meteoroids -- pieces of debris at least the size of a basketball, typically, since larger meteoroids usually break up into smaller chunks as they travel through the atmosphere.

Re:Would an atmosphere have helped? (1)

UttBuggly (871776) | more than 8 years ago | (#14386067)

"How much atmosphere (as a percentage of Earth's where Earth's = 100%) would be required to "protect" surface objects from significant damage?"

Apparently a lot more than we have...I just saw a Toyota truck get nailed on TV during the football game last night.

Thank goodness it was one of those meteor-proof models!

How come we didn't hear the impact? (1)

ClintBartonWannabe (666016) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385421)

What? Every science fiction movie I've seen has space sounds. Well, except for 2001, but I think it was just a bad copy and had the space sounds erased.

Antichristian Scientists (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14385459)

Brothers and sisters,

This is surely a warning against the spirit of the antichrist that has fouled the scientific community since the heathen known as Charles A. Darwin. When you walk away from the path of righteousness, you bring a curse down upon your own house. Those meteor impacts may be the curse that rains down among the people who oppose Intelligent Design in favor of the lie of evolution. Will you open your eyes now to the fact that it is the will of God that Intelligent Design prevails in the christian nation of America?

All of my brothers and sisters in the word, I have a suggestion for yet another way that we can drive the message home to the godless heathens of the American scientific community. They are so dead set against the culture of life that they deny creation. They deny that the world was created by God. They deny that homosexuality is a choice and a sin, not a genetic determination. And they deny that life begins at conception.

In a spirit of brotherly christian love, I suggest that we all change our birthdates to 9 months before the birthdates we currently use. This will acknowledge and commemorate that life begins at conception. Forget your birthdate and practice your LIFEDATE!!! Begin using your lifedate for all official business to clearly send the message to the ungodly that you are a person of the highest virtue. I have already done so. It's not that hard to do. Just start using the lifedate on any form that asks for a birthdate. Cross out the word "birthdate" and replace it with lifedate.

Please spread this message of Christian love to everyone you know. We can win this battle against the spirit of evil by standing up and defending Intelligent Design, opposing the sins of abortion, homosexuality, and liberal politics and spreading the message to all that life begins at conception by using our lifedates. Think about it. Which sounds better: birthday party or LIFEDAY party? I know which one I'd rather be invited to.

Your friend and disciple in Christ,
Bob Mortenson

Re:Antichristian Scientists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14385622)

My brother. You do not go far enough. I would say that science began it's sinful decline with Descartes and his declaration that the Earth revolves around the sun. From there it was all downhill for the cult of science.

Re:Antichristian Scientists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14385782)

The spirit of the antichrist is already against us. You can see by the moderation of this post that satan doesn't want no one to get the Christian message of life. But we will prevail in the end because we are on the right side. Those who have moderated my original post down have taken a side and it is the side of darkness. Judgement will be upon you. Do not forget that for the rest of your lives.

Bob Mortenson

Re:Antichristian Scientists (1)

tomhudson (43916) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385908)

Which sounds better: birthday party or LIFEDAY party? I know which one I'd rather be invited to.

Ewww! Its bad enough that parents are taking videos of your birth and plastering them all over the internet, and showing them to your friends during your birthday - I really don't want to see videos of them conceiving me!

I mean, okay, in my head I can understand they once were my age, they obviously did what any other couple with kids did, but I don't want to be invited to that party. Nobody should see their parents having sex past a certain age - it takes all the fun out of it.

... and can you imagine the cheesy sound track?

Well .... (2, Funny)

gelfling (6534) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385462)

... at least ONE moon landing was real....

Did it hit the dump outside of MoonBase Alpha ? (2, Funny)

UberHoser (868520) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385655)

'cue dramatic music' There goes the moon ! Wait, this should have happened 6 years ago.. Curse you !!!!!

Dammit, I missed! (1)

TheHawke (237817) | more than 8 years ago | (#14385708)

I meant to hit the Tycho crater with my driver! Oh well, time to go jouncing through the rough to go find my ball..
They didn't mention anything in the warranty about hitting balls in 1/6th gravity..

Need to go back (1)

Bruha (412869) | more than 8 years ago | (#14386200)

For all we know the empire has sent a probe searching for the rebel base. Check this meteor impact we must.

Can anyone else find it? (1)

RancidMilk (872628) | more than 8 years ago | (#14386277)

I have been looking on http://moon.google.com/ [google.com] and I can't for the life of me find any new craters.
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