Friday, May 29, 2009

NASA's next Lunar Missions nears Launch

NASA and America will return to the Moon in June as a pair of research satellites head for Lunar orbit for several months of detailed investigations about earth's closest neighbor.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, are set to lift-off aboard an Atlas V-401 rocket from here at Cape Canaveral AFS at 3:51 pm EDT, on June 17th.

On Thursday, the LRO/LCROSS payloads were moved and attached a top of their rocket pedestal [right] at launch complex 41 for flight in 20 days.

It will take four days for the pair to reach lunar orbit.

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