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Lunar Mission: A Slam, But Was It a Dunk?

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Science  16 Oct 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5951, pp. 353
DOI: 10.1126/science.326_353b

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NASA officials and scientists spent the better part of an hour at last week's press conference on the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission patting themselves on the back. The mission was a success, they said, all the while ignoring a very large elephant in the room: No one among the millions watching as a 2-ton hunk of metal slammed into the moon could see the much-ballyhooed spray of dust and debris that they had been told to look for.