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2009-07-02 12:40:00

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter returned its first images to Earth since launching toward the moon on June 23, the space agency said on Thursday. The two cameras aboard the LRO were activated on Tuesday, and have since returned the first images of a region in the lunar highlands south of Mare Nubium, or Sea of Clouds. "Our first images were taken along the moon's terminator - the dividing line between day and night - making us initially unsure of how they would turn out," said principal...

2009-06-25 13:45:00

HOUSTON, June 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA will offer reporters an unprecedented chance to conduct interviews with scientists inside the lab that stores moon rocks Apollo astronauts collected during their six missions. The July 2 interview opportunities from the Apollo Lunar Sample Processing Lab and Storage Vaults at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will take place nearly 40 years after humans first walked on the moon. (Logo:...

2009-06-25 14:41:51

NASA will offer reporters an unprecedented chance to conduct interviews with scientists inside the lab that stores moon rocks Apollo astronauts collected during their six missions. The July 2 interview opportunities from the Apollo Lunar Sample Processing Lab and Storage Vaults at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston will take place nearly 40 years after humans first walked on the moon. Using the NASA Television's Live Interview Media Outlet satellite channel, news organizations will have a...

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2009-06-23 09:29:22

The U.S. space agency says its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter entered a lunar orbit at 6:27 a.m. EDT Tuesday. NASA engineers at the Goddard Space Flight Center had to perform a mid-course correction to correctly position the LRO to reach its insertion point. Lunar orbit insertion is a crucial milestone for the mission, said Cathy Peddie, LRO deputy project manager at Goddard. The LRO mission cannot begin until the moon captures us. Once we enter the moon's orbit, we can begin to (build) the...

2009-06-23 06:34:00

GREENBELT, Md., June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After a four and a half day journey from the Earth, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully entered orbit around the moon. Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., confirmed the spacecraft's lunar orbit insertion at 6:27 a.m. EDT Tuesday. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) During transit to the moon, engineers performed a mid-course correction to get the spacecraft...

2009-06-18 20:58:00

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 40 years after Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, United Launch Alliance successfully launched NASA's latest two lunar missions aboard an Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex-41 at 5:32 p.m. EDT today. The Atlas V successfully placed the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) missions on their proper trajectories to the moon. Both missions are components of the Lunar...

2009-06-17 15:29:07

The U.S. space agency says when it launches the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, it will be en route to producing the first global survey of the lunar surface. The terrain on the far side of the moon is quite different from that of the near side of the moon, said David Paige, principal investigator at UCLA for the Diviner Lunar Radiometer that will survey the surface from an altitude of 31 miles. The more we learn about the moon, the better scientific questions we can pose and the better...

2009-06-17 13:56:25

The U.S. space agency has moved its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite to their launch pad. The two satellites rolled aboard an Atlas V rocket to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station launch pad Wednesday in preparation for a Thursday launch. The spacecraft are scheduled to lift off together, with three launch windows available: at 5:12 p.m., 5:22 p.m. and 5:32 p.m. EDT. If the launch slips to Friday the launch opportunities would be at 6:41 p.m.,...

2009-06-16 14:39:00

GREENBELT, Md., June 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. invites the public to view the launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission at the Goddard Visitor Center on Thursday, June 18. Activities begin promptly at 4 p.m. EDT and include a speaker, hands-on activities for children, and light refreshments. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) LRO is one of the first steps in NASA's planned returned to the...

2009-06-15 09:13:00

'It is our earnest hope for mankind that while we gain the Moon, we shall not lose the world,' Eric Williams, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, July 1969 WASHINGTON, June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- While many people are familiar with Neil Armstrong's famous lunar boot print, most are unaware that the astronauts also left behind a miniature silicon disc containing goodwill messages from dozens of world leaders. Explored in beautiful detail in Tahir Rahman's "We Came in Peace for All Mankind: The...


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