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2009-06-18 21:44:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. The satellite lifted off on an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., at 5:32 p.m. EDT, with a companion mission, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) LRO...

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2009-02-02 11:35:00

 NASA has selected four teams to observe the impact of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, with the lunar surface during the mission's search for water ice on the moon. The LCROSS mission is a small companion mission to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., in spring 2009. Instruments aboard the satellite are designed to search for evidence of water ice on the moon as the spacecraft collides with a permanently...

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2008-12-18 14:25:00

A lunar base on the Moon may be possible due to craters on the Moon's surface that astronomers believe could hold ice, providing a crucial water supply. Astrophysicists believe lunar ice could be hidden in the Moon's polar craters that are permanently shaded from the sun. NASA researchers analyzed data from a space probe sent to the Moon in 1998 that showed hydrogen on the moon is concentrated into craters in the Moon's poles where temperatures are colder than minus 170 degrees Celsius....

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2008-08-11 13:50:00

There are places on the Moon where the sun hasn't shined for millions of years. Dark polar craters too deep for sunlight to penetrate are luna incognita, the realm of the unknown, and in their inky depths, researchers believe, may lie a treasure of great value. NASA is about to light one up. Sometime between May and August 2009, depending on launch dates, the booster stage for NASA's LCROSS probe will deliberately crash into a permanently-shadowed lunar crater at 9,000 km/hr, producing an...