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2009-06-23 06:20:00

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. During transit to the moon, engineers performed a mid-course correction to get the spacecraft in the proper position to reach its lunar destination. Since the moon is always moving, the spacecraft shot for a...

2009-06-22 15:36:00

WASHINGTON, June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two NASA spacecraft will reach major mission milestones early Tuesday morning as they approach the moon -- one will send back live streaming imagery via the Internet as it swings by the moon, the other will insert itself into lunar orbit to begin mapping the moon's surface. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) After a four and a half day journey to the moon, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, will be...

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2009-06-22 16:20:00

Two NASA spacecraft will reach major mission milestones early Tuesday morning as they approach the moon -- one will send back live streaming imagery via the Internet as it swings by the moon, the other will insert itself into lunar orbit to begin mapping the moon's surface. After a four and a half day journey to the moon, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, will be captured by the moon's gravity and prepare for the commissioning phase of its mission on June 23. NASA TV live coverage...

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...

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...

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2009-06-18 17:30:00

NASA launched two probes into space on Thursday in a landmark mission to search for water sources and potential landing sites on the Moon. The mission is a critical step in NASA's plan to return astronauts to the moon by 2020. The space agency launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) via an Atlas V rocket at about 5:32 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. "LRO is the ever important first step in...

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.,...

2009-06-17 15:34:34

 NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, rolled aboard their Atlas V rocket to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Wednesday morning in preparation for launch on Thursday. The spacecraft left its processing facility at 10:02 EDT and arrived at the pad about 35 minutes later. The spacecraft are scheduled to lift off together on Thursday, June 18, with three attempts possible at 5:12 p.m.,...

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2009-06-16 16:55:00

NASA is set to begin a landmark lunar exploration mission this week with the launch of two probes that will scout for water sources and landing sites on the Moon's surface.  The space agency has its eye on sending astronauts back to the Moon by 2020 -- the first time since 1972. NASA is set to launch the dual LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) and LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) missions this Thursday atop an Atlas V rocket. The launch is a day behind...

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...