NASA Successfully Launches Lunar Impactor LRO/LCROSS

NASA Successfully Launches Lunar Impactor

NASA successfully launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, Thursday on a mission to search for water ice in a permanently shadowed crater at the moon’s south pole.

Follow this link for a video brief on this project.

http://www.nasa.gov/mp4/219670main_ARC-LCROSS-FirstStep.mp4

 

Updates for June 19th

Fri, 19 Jun 2009 06:40:39 PM MDT

Flight operations team has tested payload and instruments are functional. Perfect performance!

First trajectory correction maneuver completed.

LCROSS is currently on its way to swing-by the moon. Closest approach is timed for June 23, 2009 at 6:28 AM EDT. Then LCROSS goes into a Lunar Gravity Assist Lunar Return Orbit (LGALRO) for 113 days until impacting the Lunar south pole on Oct 9, 2009 at 7:30 AM EDT. Flight team will refine impact location and time 30 days prior to impact – so check back then for the most up-to-date and refined info!

Flight operations team (at NASA Ames Research Center in California) is now in control of pointing & orientation in space (attitude).

Solar arrays are deployed and facing the Sun. Communications back to Earth are working.

 

Observe the LCROSS impacts!

Date & Time:
Projected lunar impact is on October 9, 2009 at 11:30 UT (7:30 a.m. EDT, 4:30 a.m. PDT), +/- 30 minutes.

The impact time will be refined as the mission progresses. Two weeks prior to impact, the impact time will be known to within a second.

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