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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...

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.,...

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 14:02:28

Space shuttle Endeavour's next launch attempt has been set for 5:40 a.m. EDT Wednesday from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. As a result of the shuttle re-scheduling, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite will lift off together Thursday aboard an Atlas V rocket Thursday. NASA officials say they have three launch windows that day at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida: 5:12...

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2009-06-11 10:45:00

Japan's first lunar probe made a successful crash landing on the surface of the moon, marking the end of its 19-month mission, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency announced on Thursday. Kaguya, named after a moon princess of Japanese folklore, began orbiting the moon in 2007. The probe crash-landed on the lunar surface at 1825 GMT. "The mission was a success. Thanks to Kaguya, we will have a very detailed map of the lunar surface," said JAXA spokesman Shinichi Sobue. "With data from Kaguya, we...

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2009-06-10 07:19:45

The Japanese lunar orbiter Kaguya has completed a productive operational phase and will conclude its scientific mission with a controlled impact on the lunar surface, scheduled for 20:30 CEST today. The impact is expected to occur on the near-side of the Moon, in the dark area close to the limb, at lunar coordinates 80°E and 64°S. ESA's SMART-1 team have prepared maps of the Kaguya landing site using survey images obtained by the SMART-1 AMIE camera. The images show that the...

2009-06-08 10:14:05

The U.S. space agency said preparations are complete for the launch of its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. The two National Aeronautics and Space Administration spacecraft are to be launched together to the moon aboard an Atlas V rocket on June 17. Three launch windows are available for the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., liftoff -- at 3:51 p.m., 4:01 p.m. and 4:11 p.m. EDT. NASA said its television coverage of the launch will begin at...

2009-05-21 15:00:00

WASHINGTON, May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's return to the moon will get a boost in June with the launch of two satellites that will return a wealth of data about Earth's nearest neighbor. On Thursday, the agency outlined the upcoming missions of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS. The spacecraft will launch together June 17 aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Logo:...


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