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Impact Night FAQs
  1. What is Impact Night?
    Impact Night is a public celebration centered on the two "grand finale" events of NASA's LCROSS mission: Separation and Impact. LCROSS, which stands for Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, was launched on June 18, 2009, and has spent the past three months positioning itself on a collision course with the Moon's south pole where it will look for evidence of frozen water. On Thursday, October 8 at 6:50pm PDT, LCROSS will separate from the Centaur upper stage rocket and will turn its cameras onto the Centaur as it descends toward the lunar surface. Then, on Friday, October 9 at 4:30am PDT, the Centaur will impact a permanently shadowed lunar crater and LCROSS will collect data from the debris plume until it, too, impacts the surface. For more information about the LCROSS mission, go to: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/main/index.html

    Impact Night is a 12-hour outdoor event that will include animations and videos explaining the LCROSS mission, guest speakers such as Apollo 16 Moonwalker Charlie Duke and NASA Ames Center Director S. Pete Worden, the showing of three space-themed movies (tickets required), and live footage of the lunar Impact. All movies and presentations will be displayed outdoors on the lawn on a giant 52' x 26' screen for the public to view.

    5:30pm (Thursday, October 8) Venue opens to the public for parking and seating
    7:00pm Event begins:
    Flight to the Moon presentation
    Additional LCROSS animations and videos

    Guest Speakers
    • S. Pete Worden, NASA Ames Center Director
    Charlie Duke, Apollo 16 Astronaut (Moonwalker)
    • Victoria P. Friedensen, Advanced Capabilities
       Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA

    8:30pm (Tickets required for overnight guests) Movies:

    • Fly Me to the Moon - Three young houseflies stow away aboard the
        Apollo 11 flight to the moon. G
    • The Dish -- Story of the 1969 moon landing from the standpoint of a
        small Australian town. -- PG-13
    • October Sky - Not wanting to be a miner, a young West Virginian builds
        rockets with his friends and later becomes a NASA scientist. PG
    3:30am (Friday, October 9) Pre-Impact Coverage

    Impact Coverage:
    Spacecraft data
    • Expert commentary
    • Video streams from Earth-based observatories
    • And more!

    6:00–7:00am Event ends

  2. When and where is the Impact Night event?
    Impact Night will be held outside on the NASA Research Park parade grounds at Moffett Field, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. The venue will open to the public at 5:30pm on Thursday, October 8, with the event beginning at 7:00pm and continuing until 7:00am Friday, October 9.

    Moffett Field is adjacent to Mountain View, CA in the South Bay. Public guests will enter through the Main Gate off of Moffett Blvd/NASA Parkway.

    From Highway 101 South: take the Moffett Blvd / NASA Parkway exit, turn right and cross over Highway 101, and enter through the Main Gate of Moffett Field.

    From Highway 101 North: take the Moffett Blvd / NASA Parkway exit, turn right on NASA Parkway and enter through the Main Gate of Moffett Field.

    From Highway 85 North: take the Moffett Blvd exit, turn right on Moffett Blvd, and cross over Highway 101 to enter through the Main Gate of Moffett Field.
  3. Who can attend?
    Impact Night is open to the general public; however, advance tickets to stay overnight on the parade grounds are required.
  4. What does it cost?
    The entire Impact Night event is free; however, no-cost tickets are required for each guest wishing to stay overnight to watch the movies. Tickets are limited and must be requested in advance by October 1st @ https://ails.arc.nasa.gov/impactnight/index.htm
    Food, beverages, popcorn, and snacks will be available for purchase throughout the event. (Cash only.)
  5. Are tickets required?
    Tickets are required for each guest wishing to stay overnight to watch the movies. There is no cost for tickets; however, tickets are limited and must be requested in advance by October 1st @ https://ails.arc.nasa.gov/impactnight/index.htm. Upon arriving at the venue, ticketed guests will need to show tickets to event staff in order to receive a wristband allowing them access to the priority overnight camping zone.
  6. Can I attend only part of the event?
    Yes, you may attend part or all of the event based on your schedule. If you choose to stay overnight to watch the movies, then you will need to obtain a ticket for each member of your party prior to the event @ https://ails.arc.nasa.gov/impactnight/index.htm. The deadline for requesting tickets is October 1st. Tickets are limited.
  7. What can/should I bring?
    Whether you are coming for part or all of the event, you should bring a camping/lawn chair or a blanket to sit on. The entire event will take place outside on the lawn and no formal seating will be available.

    You should also bring a flashlight as the event will take place in the evening and nighttime hours and lighting in and around the parade grounds will be kept low to facilitate a quality viewing experience on the big screen. (Flashlights with a red cellophane or plastic filter are preferred.)

    For those guests who have tickets to stay overnight, you may bring blankets, sleeping bags, and camping/lawn chairs. You may also bring snacks and beverages (coolers are okay). Please come prepared for nighttime temperatures and dampness. There will NOT be any loading/unloading zones near the parade grounds, so you must be able to carry your belongings from your car to the lawn.

    For those guests who have a “tent ticket,” you may bring a tent to set up in the tent zone. Your tent may accommodate up to five people and must be set up by 10:00pm on Thursday night and remain set up until the event draws to a close. (Tent spaces are very limited and advance tickets are required.)

    The following items are not allowed, as these will pose a viewing and/or safety hazard to the other guests: camping lanterns (neither fueled or battery powered), camping stoves, fuel-powered heaters, generators, or glass containers. Furthermore, Moffett Field is federal property. Guests may not bring animals, weapons, or illegal substances in their car or to the venue. All vehicles and persons are subject to inspection.

    Tents, canopies or other similar structures are not allowed in the general viewing areas where they may obstruct the view of other guests. A limited number of tents are allowed, by permit only, in the overnight tent area. You may request a tent permit at: https://ails.arc.nasa.gov/impactnight/index.htm Please note tent permits must be picked up in person on at the NASA Exploration Center on Tuesday October 6 between 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tents must be set up by 10:00 p.m. October 8, and removed from the premises by 6:30 a.m. October 9.
  8. What about parking or public transportation?
    Free parking will be available at the event. Some areas on base will be closed to public traffic, so guests MUST follow the signs and traffic directors to the designated event parking areas. Also, plan to encounter regular commuter traffic between 5:00-7:00pm on Thursday evening. The venue will open at 5:30pm and the event will begin at 7:00pm.

    Large groups that will be arriving by bus need to contact event staff in advance so that special parking arrangements can be made @ impactnight@thecollaborative.com. Limited public transportation is available for Impact Night. The closest public transit station is downtown Mountain View, with service to both VTA Lightrail and Caltrain. VTA bus 51 also services Moffett Field. ***However, these public transportation options do not operate 24 hours and may not be well suited for this event. *** It is a ~10 minute bike ride or a ~25 minute walk from downtown Mountain View to Moffett Field.
  9. What about inclement weather?
    In the case of inclement weather, such as rain, the event will be canceled. As the event nears, please check this website for updates.
  10. Will food be available?
    You may bring your own snacks, food, and beverages to the event. (Keep in mind that you will have to carry what you bring from your vehicle to the parade grounds as there will be no loading/unloading zone near the lawn.)

    Food will also be available for purchase throughout the event. *** Cash Only ***

    Mario's Jamba Juice Café Barcelona
    • Pizza
    • Pasta
    • Salad
    • Dessert
    • Soda and Coffee
    • Smoothies
    • Bagels
    • Yogurt
    • Oatmeal
    • Assorted snacks
    • Assorted hot and cold beverages
    • Hot breakfast at 6:00am




Editor: Brian Day
NASA Official: Daniel Andrews
Last Updated: June 2009