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2009-01-26 07:00:00

COLUMBIA, Md., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) is proud to announce the selection for funding of four proposals for scientific activities to be carried out under the LCROSS Observation Campaign. The Observation Campaign is part of the NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) project which is designed to verify the presence or absence of water ice on the Moon. Scheduled for launch in 2009, the LCROSS project, along...

2008-12-22 12:26:00

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch. This milestone concludes the orbiter's environmental test program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The orbiter will carry seven instruments to provide...

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2008-12-22 12:10:00

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch. This milestone concludes the orbiter's environmental test program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. The orbiter will carry seven instruments to provide scientists with detailed maps of the lunar surface and increase our understanding of the moon's topography, lighting...

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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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2008-08-15 09:55:00

NASA plans to send a mission to the moon, but it must first find a potential landing site for astronauts. The unmanned moon craft is the first step in NASA's program to send astronauts back to the moon and beyond. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was set to blast off from Cape Canaveral, Florida in early December aboard an Atlas V rocket. The launch was delayed after NASA agreed to swap with the Air Force, which will fly a prototype space drone. NASA spokesman Grey Hautaluoma said the new...

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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...

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2008-06-25 09:30:00

Engineering teams are conducting final checkouts of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, that will take a significant step forward in the search for water on the moon. The mission's main objective is to confirm the presence or absence of water ice in a permanently shadowed crater near a lunar polar region. A major milestone, thermal vacuum testing of the LCROSS spacecraft, was completed June 5 at the Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, Calif. To...

2008-06-24 02:29:15

The U.S. space agency issued a reminder Monday that the deadline for submitting names to be taken to the moon is approaching. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said more than 1 million names have been submitted to be on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, which is scheduled to be launched this year. Since May 1, NASA has invited the public to join the excitement of the first mission in its exploration program to return humans to the moon by 2020. The LRO will...

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2008-03-28 07:50:00

Bright gray, crater-pocked mountains taller than Mount McKinley. Abyssal craters that could swallow several Grand Canyons whole. Recent radar maps of the Moon's southern pole revealed a dramatic, jagged landscape that astronauts could someday call home. But unfortunately, these radar images didn't provide any new information about something that would make living at the lunar pole much easier: frozen water. New evidence on whether water ice exists at the Moon's poles will have to wait for a...

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2007-04-19 16:11:37

Of the two luminaries that dominate our sky, it is the moon that is of particular interest to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) project. The LRO will travel to the moon in late fall 2008, mapping the surface to help pave the way for humans to return. It will help prepare us for extended surface exploration on the moon and for subsequent missions to Mars and other distant destinations. Lunar surface exploration will help us to practice living, working, and gathering science data before...


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