Numerical simulation of the LCROSS impact experiment
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- Shuvalov, V.V. & Trubetskaya, I.A. Sol Syst Res (2008) 42: 1. doi:10.1134/S0038094608010012
This study presents the results of the numerical modeling of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) space experiment, which is scheduled for 2009 by NASA. It is demonstrated that a spacecraft with a mass of 2 tons impacting the Moon at a velocity of 2.5 km/s creates an ejecta plume with a size of more than 100 km and a mass exceeding 100 tons. The detailed characteristics of the ejecta are given and their relation to the impactor structure is investigated.