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LCROSS Ames Update

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
October 9, 2009
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It’s 2:30 a.m. here at NASA Ames. All looks good for an impact on the moon in two hours time.

A crowd out on the parade grounds is watching the end of “October Sky,” the Homer Hickham biopic, which is being projected on a big screen. It’s the third and final film of the night, following “Fly Me to the Moon” and “The Dish.”

Kenji Williams is scheduled to do a musical performance at 2:45. I’m not sure if it’s going to be live or on video. I’ll see if I can post some video of it.

People are sitting in chairs and on blankets, many of them wrapped up in those silver emergency blankets that are being give out for free. Others have pitched tents. I was expecting more people. But, it’s really difficult to tell how many people are here given that the parade grounds are just massive. Maybe the crowd will grow as we get closer to 4:30.

Thursday was a crystal blue sky day in the Valley. But, it has turned chilly and cloudy tonight. The moon was visible earlier, but it has since disappeared into the mist. I’ve been told by someone north in San Francisco that he can see the moon. He thinks it might clear up here soon. I hope so…

The briefings start in about an hour….more then….