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2009-10-01 07:55:00

NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite mission (LCROSS) based on new analysis of available lunar data, has shifted the target crater from Cabeus A to Cabeus (proper). The decision was based on continued evaluation of all available data and consultation/input from members of the LCROSS Science Team and the scientific community, including impact experts, ground and space based observers, and observations from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), Lunar Prospector (LP),...

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2009-09-17 13:46:13

NASA reported Thursday that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed its testing and calibration phase and entered its mapping orbit of the moon. The spacecraft already has made significant progress toward creating the most detailed atlas of the moon's south pole to date. Scientists released preliminary images and data from LRO's seven instruments. "The LRO mission already has begun to give us new data that will lead to a vastly improved atlas of the lunar south...

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2009-09-15 05:41:15

NASA will showcase new images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's seven instruments and provide updates about the topography of the moon's south pole during a news conference at 1 p.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 17. NASA also will provide an update about the spacecraft's status and mission plans. The briefing will take place at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's Web site. Panelists are: -- Craig Tooley, Lunar...

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2009-08-20 07:40:00

Anyone who's vacationed in the mountains or lived on a farm knows that it's hard to get good internet access or a strong cell phone signal in a remote area. Communicating across great distances has always been a challenge. So when NASA engineers designed the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), they knew it would need an extraordinary communications system. Over the next year, the LRO, NASA's diligent robotic scout, will collect more information about the moon's surface and environment than...

2009-07-28 09:45:00

The first public showing of 'The Peak of Eternal Light', a new movie created using images taken by ESA's SMART-1 lunar orbiter, took place on 20 July 2009 at the Ars Electronica Center (AEC), Linz, Austria. This movie was shown as part of a special event to mark the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, during this International Year of Astronomy.During the journey to 'The Peak of Eternal Light', the audience joins Commander Björn Grieger and his flight crew onboard a virtual...

2009-07-02 13:16:00

GREENBELT, Md., July 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has transmitted its first images since reaching lunar orbit June 23. The spacecraft has two cameras -- a low resolution Wide Angle Camera and a high resolution Narrow Angle Camera. Collectively known as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, they were activated June 30. The cameras are working well and have returned images of a region a few kilometers east of Hell E crater in the lunar...

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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...

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2009-06-20 14:45:00

Despite its successful launch, NASA's unmanned moon mission still faces heat damage, instrument glitches and calculation mistakes, a U.S. scientist said. There's always that little bit of tension until you get the first data back on the ground, said Mark Robinson, an Arizona State University scientist overseeing the orbiter's three cameras. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched Thursday for a four-day journey to the moon. If all goes as planned, the spacecraft is to enter the moon's orbit...

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...

2009-03-24 11:00:00

Exciting new images of the moon and Mars from NASA's orbiting observatories will enable users of all ages to explore the universe through the Microsoft WorldWide Telescope. WASHINGTON and REDMOND, Wash., March 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NASA and Microsoft Corp. today announced plans to make planetary images and data available via the Internet under a Space Act Agreement. Through this project, NASA and Microsoft will jointly develop the technology and infrastructure necessary to make the...