Posts Tagged ‘Moon’

NASA to Provide Commentary as Grail Moon Mission Ends

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Source – NASA Grail Mission:

PASADENA, Calif. – NASA will provide live commentary of the scheduled lunar surface impacts of its twin Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) spacecraft beginning at 2 p.m. PST (5 p.m. EST) Monday, Dec. 17. The event will be broadcast on NASA Television and streamed on the agency’s website.

The two probes will hit a mountain near the lunar north pole at approximately 2:28 p.m. PST Monday, bringing their successful prime and extended science missions to an end.

Commentary will originate from the control room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Coverage will last about 35 minutes and include live interviews with GRAIL team members. GRAIL’s final resting place on the moon will be in shadow at the time of impact, so no video documentation of the impacts is expected.

Data from the GRAIL twins are allowing scientists to learn about the moon’s internal structure and composition in unprecedented detail. The two probes are being sent purposely into the moon because they do not have enough altitude or fuel to continue science operations.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit: . The coverage will also be streamed live on Ustream at: .

Join the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #GRAIL. To learn more about all the ways to connect and collaborate with NASA, visit: .

For the mission’s press kit and other information about GRAIL, visit: . You can follow JPL News on Facebook at: and on Twitter at: .

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Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Dwayne Brown 202-358-1726
NASA Headquarters, Washington

Sarah McDonnell 617-253-8923
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge


Super Moon of May 2012

Saturday, May 5th, 2012

Source – ScienceCasts: The Super Moon of May 2012:

Another “super-Moon” is in the offing. The perigee full Moon in May will be as much as 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons of 2012.

Super Full Moon March 19, 2011

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Source – NASA: NASA Science News for March 16, 2011

On March 19th, a full Moon of rare size and beauty will rise in the east at sunset. It’s a super “perigee moon”–the biggest in almost 20 years.

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.