Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sodium in LCROSS ejecta confirmed

Not surprisingly, Sodium was reportedly detected in the tenuous plume produced by the impact of LCROSS, Oct. 9, by instruments on-board LRO. I say 'not surprisingly' because Sodium ion were readily identified from Earth in the late 1970's as a constituent part of the lunar exosphere.

( -- "Boston University astronomers announced today observations of a cloud of sodium gas ejected from the Moon’s surface as a result of the..." (LCROSS impact).

"Jeffrey Baumgardner and Jody Wilson, senior research associates in the Center for Space Physics (CSP), conducted the observations from BU’s observing facility housed on the grounds of the McDonald Observatory in Ft. Davis, Texas

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