Posts Tagged ‘Impactor’

L.C.R.O.S.S. Post Impact Press Conference

Friday, October 9th, 2009

The LCROSS Centaur and Spacecraft impacted the moon at approximately 4:30 a.m. PDT. Scientists are reviewing the initial data and will report what they know at a Post Impact News Conference at 7:00 a.m. PDT / 10:00 a.m. EDT on NASA TV.

No big plume of debris was seen, but they did see a flash in the infrared spectrum and some sodium so far. It could be days or month before any final conclusions are made, as they have lots of data to analyze.

For up to date information and video go to.

NASA Successfully Launches Lunar Impactor LRO/LCROSS

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

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.


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.