Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite gave it's scientists their first data and LIVE television of the earth's moon from near lunar orbit this morning as the spacecraft and her sister craft, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, arrived to begin detailed lunar observations.
LCROSS, towing a spent centaur upper stage from its Atlas V launch last week, began turning on it's cameras and instuments.
At 8:28 am EDT, LCROSS began targeting "a worn iron-rich crater with mare basalt flows mixed with rugged highlands-type material - it's second target, Goddard C crater complex located at Lat 15.6, Lon 84.3E".
Beginning at 8:40 am, the LCROSS science team at NASA's Ames Research Center moved on to their third and final target, the Giordano Bruno - a 350 million year-old crater at "center of a system of bright rays, located at Lat 35.9N, 102.8E", stated the LCROSS science team.
LCROSS then turned its attention to looking at the moon's limb to align it's self.