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NASA launches LCROSS satellite

 

NASA's LCROSS satellite successfully launched Thursday at 2:32 p.m. from Cape Canaveral Florida after being designed and constructed at NASA Ames in Mountain View. Payload from the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite is expected to slam into the surface of the moon where its special sensors will determine whether there is water ice that could support extended human stays there.

The collision with the "Cabeus" region near the moon's south pole is expected to happen at 4:30 a.m. on Oct. 9, creating a plume of debris that will be anlyzed for evidence of water vapor or water ice.

Updates on LCROSS can be found here.

— Daniel DeBolt

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Posted by AJ
a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 20, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Best of Luck to LCROSS! Will be monitoring you on NASA's website


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