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2009-09-11 13:25:29

NASA has selected a final destination for its Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, after a journey of nearly 5.6 million miles that included several orbits around Earth and the moon. The mission team announced Wednesday that Cabeus A will be the target crater for the LCROSS dual impacts scheduled for 7:30 a.m. EDT on Oct. 9, 2009. The crater was selected after an extensive review as the optimal location for LCROSS' evaluation of whether water ice exists at the lunar...

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2009-08-12 09:10:00

Germany is making plans for its unmanned lunar mission which will begin around 2015, a senior German government official said on Wednesday. Economy Ministry State Secretary Peter Hintze said it would be possible to have a German moon landing "within the next decade, around 2015," in an interview with ZDF television. He also encouraged cooperation with other European countries and the United States. The venture is expected to rack up $2.12 billion over five years and could encourage the...

2009-07-27 09:00:00

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 27, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- Sensing technology developed by Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) for the U.S. Navy's miniaturized radio frequency system has begun its one-year mission to determine whether the polar regions of the moon contain ice. Launched aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter June 18 and activated July 8, the system, known as Mini-RF, will take high-resolution radar imagery of permanently shaded regions of the moon to attempt to detect ice in areas...

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2009-07-16 15:20:00

A British company said it had assembled a dream team to help it capture the Google Lunar X prize, a $30 million award offered to moon-bound entrepreneurs. Odyssey Moon Limited said Thursday it would be joined by Near Earth LLC, an investment bank that specializes in satellites and telecommunications, WPP Group, a marketing company, Aon International Space Brokers, an insurance company specializing in covering risks beyond the stratosphere, and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP, a...

2009-06-29 07:30:00

Comprehensive imagery data from onboard cameras providing deeper understanding of the moon and its environment to be copied to CloudNAS-based solution SAN DIEGO, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- An Atlas V 401 rocket carrying two lunar satellites launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 5:32 p.m. EDT on June 18th in what is being described as America's first step to the lasting return to the moon. One of the satellites, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), will begin to...

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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...

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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...

2009-06-18 19:15:00

GREENBELT, Md., June 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched at 5:32 p.m. EDT Thursday aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The satellite will relay more information about the lunar environment than any other previous mission to the moon. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The orbiter, known as LRO, separated from the Atlas V rocket carrying it and a companion mission, the Lunar Crater...

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...