The Lunar Prospector will crash into the Moon on July 31, 1999. Scientists say they chose this date because funding for the project ends on August 1, 1999.
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Lunar Prospector Will Crash Into the Moon!
News story originally written on July 26, 1999
One of NASA's satellites is going to crash into the Moon, on purpose! Scientists are going to send Lunar Prospector into the Moon to find water on the surface. When it crashes, scientists hope a cloud of water will form. But don't worry, it won't break the Moon apart!
The crash will be on July 31, 1999. Lunar Prospector will fly into a huge crater near the south pole of the Moon. Some scientists think that instead of water, the crater is made of cement.
The cloud will be too small for you to see. Only people looking through really strong telescopes will see it.
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