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  • LCROSS | Missions | Astrobiology

    Mission Type Orbiter. Target The Moon. Explore website. Mission Overview LCROSS set out to confirm the presence or absence of water ice in a permanently shadowed crater at the moon’s south pole. On October 9, 2009, the vehicle’s spent Centaur upper stage impacted the crater Cabeus. Then the Shepherding Spacecraft descended through Centaur ...

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  • In Depth | LCROSS – NASA Solar System Exploration

    2013-7-3 · After that one-year mission it will be turned over to the Science Mission Directorate at NASA who will use it to do lunar science and study the history of the Moon's surface and how it came to be the way it is. Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) LCROSS is a very different concept. The LCROSS system consists of two main ...

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  • NASA - LCROSS Mission

    2021-4-20 · The LCROSS mission was designed to allow the spacecraft to shepherd the Centaur upper stage into an impact in a permanently shadowed crater located in the polar regions of the moon. In order to get into a polar inclination, and to have the right angle and speed to provide the best impact for assaying the content of the lunar ...

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  • Communication Link Prediction and Assessment for

    2020-8-6 · LCROSS Centaur 4. THE LCROSS MISSION LCROSS proposed to conduct a low-cost, fast-track companion mission to launch with LRO. The Atlas launch vehicle used for the LRO mission consists of a booster stage and the Centaur upper stage. The LCROSS spacecraft would be mounted atop the Centaur with the LRO spacecraft

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  • LCROSS: A HIGH-RETURN, SMALL SATELLITE MISSION

    as the impactor for the LCROSS science mission. Years of unique and complex mission design analysis, described herein, have resulted in the unprecedented use of the Atlas/Centaur Launch Vehicle to the launch of the LRO/LCROSS mission on June 18, 2009.

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  • Atlas V LRO/LCROSS Mission Overview: A study in Lunar ...

    The LCROSS mission will help to determine if there is water hidden in the permanently dark craters of the moon's south pole. The LCROSS S-S/C was built the Northrop Grumman Eagle-0 bus, which is based on a free-flying ESPA secondary payload structure.

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  • LCROSS - Gunter's Space Page

    2021-5-27 · LCROSS was launched as a secondary payload with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on June 18, 2009. After LRO separated to perform its mission, LCROSS used the spent Atlas upper stage, called the Centaur, to impact the moon while LCROSS instruments observed the …

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  • LCROSS Lunar Impactor – Lessons Learned from a Small ...

    2019-4-10 · Using the LCROSS mission as a prototype, Horowitz had a clear vision of how and where this type of mission would fit within the NASA portfolio. As he later stated in an interview, “I could triple the cost to try and guarantee no failure, or I could do three projects and even if one fails, I …

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  • Flight Operations for the LCROSS Lunar Impactor Mission

    2020-8-6 · The LCROSS mission was focused on achieving a precise, high-energy Centaur impact within a lunar polar crater, and on observing the impact and resulting ejecta plume from the S-S/C, other orbiting spacecraft, and Earth-based observatories. To achieve the desired impact geometry, LCROSS performed a lunar gravity assist to transfer

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  • News - LCROSS Mission and Science Operations at

    2016-9-23 · LCROSS Mission and Science Operations at Ames. The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission will advance the Vision for Space Exploration by identifying the presence of water ice at the Moon's South Pole. LCROSS will use the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launch vehicle's spent Earth Departure Upper Stage as a 2000-kg ...

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  • LCROSS - Gunter's Space Page

    The LCROSS mission is expected to carve a Moon crater 4.8 meters deep, about 30 meters wide and toss up about 1,000 metric tons of lunar material. The LCROSS mission will help to determine if there is water hidden in the permanently dark craters of the moon's south pole. The LCROSS S-S/C was built the Northrop Grumman Eagle-0 bus, which is ...

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  • Communication Link Prediction and Assessment for

    2021-4-20 · The LCROSS mission was designed to allow the spacecraft to shepherd the Centaur upper stage into an impact in a permanently shadowed crater located in the polar regions of the moon. In order to get into a polar inclination, and to have the right angle and speed to provide the best impact for assaying the content of the lunar ...

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  • NASA - NASA'S LCROSS Reveals Target Crater for

    2021-4-20 · success of LCROSS demonstrated the capability to effectively use a launch system component as an integral part of a short, science mission. The following sections describe the mission briefly and detail some of the unique features this mission was required to accommodate while flying with the Centaur upper stage. II. Launch, Mission and ...

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  • Transport and Use of a Centaur Second Stage in Space

    Abstract— We describe the results of a variety of model calculations for predictions of observable results of the LCROSS mission to be launched in 2009. Several models covering different aspects of...

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  • Predictions for the LCROSS mission - KORYCANSKY -

    2011-9-1 · The striking velocity is expected to be 5,600 mph, about twice the speed of a rifle bullet, according to Dan Andrews, the LCROSS mission's project …

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  • Spaceflight Now | LCROSS Mission Report | How will

    2019-8-23 · Collection Name LCROSS Collection Collection No. AFS80005_LCROSS Artifact No. 003 Award presented to the LCROSS mission team from the Space Foundation. The object consists of a small statue of astronaut John L. Swigert Jr. cast in bronze with enamel on a bronze square decorated with the infinity symbol holding the moon and earth and signed by Mark

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  • Secondary Payloads Using LCROSS Architecture –

    2021-6-26 · The ESPA architecture used by the LCROSS mission enables two capable missions for the cost of one launch. This paper describes our approach for leveraging the capability of the new generation of EELVs to enable secondary planetary missions at well below the cost of an independently launched mission.

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  • NANOSATS LCROSS SMEX Introductions to Mission

    2021-7-6 · • Mission Operations (MOS requirements) • The above drive requirements in the TT&C subsystem: • Data rates (command and telemetry – spacecraft control, health, status mission and science needs) • Data volume • Data storage type • Uplink and downlink frequencies • Bandwidths • Received and transmit power • Hardware mass

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  • LCROSS Flight Director's Blog – Page 2 – Just another

    The first week of the LCROSS mission plan is ambitious, even without problems to work through. On Day 3 when we started realizing we had some thermal issues, it was a little daunting. But now that I think about it, our team had met similar challenges prior to launch.

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  • Farewell LCROSS – LCROSS Flight Director's Blog

    2009-10-7 · Saying Goodbye to a Really Amazing Spacecraft (and Team) Well, we all knew it was going to happen. It was inevitable. It was the whole design of the mission. LCROSS was destined to end its wonderfully fantastic journey by intentionally crashing into a permanently shadowed crater at the south pole of the Moon. We are the ones who devised this fate for LCROSS.

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  • On Target Challenge

    2013-7-16 · Introduce the challenge: Tell kids how NASA will use the LCROSS spacecraft to search for water on the Moon (scripted in the Leader Notes). Brainstorm and design: Students should be working in cooperative groups to develop a group design and using individual journals to record their decisions, design sketches, test results, etc.

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  • NASA - NASA'S LCROSS Reveals Target Crater for

    2013-7-3 · 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 …

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  • LCROSS Mission Overview & Results

    LCROSS, the flight mission, is over, but we’re still analyzing the data that was collected on impact night. Our team is very excited about the recent announcement – that LCROSS confirmed the presence of water at the lunar south pole. But, there’s a lot more data to analyze, both for science and engineering purposes, and I’m guessing there will be more interesting announcements in the ...

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  • LCROSS Flight Director's Blog – Just another NASA

    2011-2-19 · The primary objective of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) was to confirm the presence or absence of water ice in a permanently shadowed region (PSR) at a lunar pole. LCROSS was classified as a NASA Class D mission. Its payload, the subject of this article, was designed, built, tested and operated to support a condensed schedule, risk tolerant mission approach, a new ...

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  • The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite

    2021-7-7 · According to NASA, the main mission of LCROSS is to confirm the presence or absence of water ice on the moon. At 7:30 AM (EDT) on Friday, October 9, 2009, the LCROSS spacecraft was separated into two sections, with the Centaur rocket impacting the …

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  • Secondary Payloads Using the LCROSS Architecture

    2009-9-16 · independently launched mission. We discuss the design of the LCROSS mission, and use the LCROSS architecture to illustrate a variety of planetary and astronomical missions that are compatible with being a secondary payload. Despite being labeled a secondary mission, provides the potential for high value science missions at a fraction of the ...

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  • Flight Operations for the LCROSS Lunar Impactor Mission

    2021-7-2 · The LCROSS mission was focused on achieving a precise, high-energy Centaur impact within a lunar polar crater, and on observing the impact and resulting ejecta plume from the S-S/C, other orbiting spacecraft, and Earth-based observatories. To achieve the desired impact geometry, LCROSS performed a lunar gravity assist to transfer

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  • LCROSS Flight Director's Blog – Just another NASA

    LCROSS, the flight mission, is over, but we’re still analyzing the data that was collected on impact night. Our team is very excited about the recent announcement – that LCROSS confirmed the presence of water at the lunar south pole. But, there’s a lot more data to analyze, both for science and engineering purposes, and I’m guessing there will be more interesting announcements in the ...

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  • LRO News Mission Impact: The LCROSS Mission to the

    2007-4-30 · Moon. The primary mission of LCROSS is to impact one of the permanently shadowed regions at the poles of the Moon and analyze the resulting explosion, in order to detect the presence of water ice. During the LCROSS mission, the Upper Stage of the launch vehicle will be used as an impactor, while the Shepherding Spacecraft will be

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  • LCROSS Flight Director's Blog – Page 2 – Just

    The first week of the LCROSS mission plan is ambitious, even without problems to work through. On Day 3 when we started realizing we had some thermal issues, it was a little daunting. But now that I think about it, our team had met similar challenges prior to launch.

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  • September 2009 – LCROSS Flight Director's Blog

    We’re still using the same sun-relative orientation for LCROSS today, and plan to use it for the rest of the mission. Thankfully, in the midst of this work, the Navigation and Mission & Maneuver Design teams informed us that we could skip our first post-Swingby Trajectory Correction Maneuver, TCM 4a.

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  • Farewell LCROSS – LCROSS Flight Director's Blog

    2009-10-7 · Saying Goodbye to a Really Amazing Spacecraft (and Team) Well, we all knew it was going to happen. It was inevitable. It was the whole design of the mission. LCROSS was destined to end its wonderfully fantastic journey by intentionally crashing into a permanently shadowed crater at the south pole of the Moon. We are the ones who devised this fate for LCROSS.

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  • STORy MOON MISSION - NASA

    2013-5-1 · While LCROSS was a Class-D mission, LRO, a Class-B/C mission, and the Atlas V rocket, a Class-A vehicle, were held to much higher standards. The launch vehicle provider expressed concern that LCROSS might interfere with the performance of LRO, the primary payload. “It became a lowest-common-denominator problem,” said Andrews.

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  • 10 yrs past LCROSS mission, NASA thirsts for Moon

    2019-10-9 · LCROSS mission was hastily carried out 10 years ago proved a milestone in the discovery of a natural lunar resource that could be key to NASA's plans for renewed human exploration of the moon

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  • LCROSS and similar spaceflights | Frankensaurus.com

    NASA's LCROSS mission deliberately crashed into the floor of Cabeus and from samples found that it contained nearly 5% water. Lunar south pole-Wikipedia. On 9 October 2009, the Diviner team announced the detection of a hot spot on the Moon at the location of the LCROSS spacecraft impact site.

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  • Eagle Spacecraft - NASA

    2010-7-21 · Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission. The LCROSS mission to the moon in 2009 was completed at a frac-tion of the cost of a typical deep space mission, demon-strating Northrop Grumman’s successful application of cost-efficient design and manufacturing processes. This Eagle-0 configuration is the Core spacecraft entry in the Rapid-III catalog.

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  • LRO/LCROSS Mission to the Moon - Windows to

    LRO/LCROSS Mission to the Moon LRO and LCROSS were launched together on the same rocket in June 2009. LRO maps the Moon from lunar orbit. LCROSS crashes (on purpose!) near the South Pole. Images courtesy of NASA. LRO and LCROSS are two space missions sent by NASA to Earth's Moon. LRO and LCROSS were launched from Florida in June 2009.

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  • Lecture 40: Special Panel: LCROSS Mission - The

    Special Panel: LCROSS Mission - The First Results of the Impact by SETI.

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  • Customer Video: NASA LCROSS Moon Mission |

    This video from Orion Telescopes and Binoculars' Video Gallery of the NASA LCROSS Moon Mission was sent to us by K.D. B. fro Riverside, CA. It was captures in 2009 using an Orion Starshoot II CCD imaging camera and an Orion 10 inch Newtonian Reflector Telescope.

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  • NASA's LCROSS Reveals Target Crater For Lunar South

    2021-7-6 · The LCROSS mission and science operations are managed at Ames. 'The LCROSS team has long been preparing for its final destination on the moon, and …

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  • LCROSS finds lots of water in accessible | The

    2010-10-21 · By just a month after the impact, the LCROSS mission team was able to confirm that they'd found what they were looking for: water lurked in those permanently shadowed regions on the Moon. But it's taken more than a year for the results from the mission to work their way through peer review and be formally published, and that's what the briefing was about today.

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  • Impactors | Missions | Space FM

    2020-8-29 · Not knowing the results of the size of events can cause mistakes in the readings of the monitoring craft. Deep Impact was thought to be too close to the explosion to take the most efficient readings. LCROSS was too far away. Deep Impact. A probe was sent to comet Temple 1 in 2005 and an impactor was sent towards it.

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  • Watch Live Streaming Video From LCROSS Lunar

    2009-6-22 · [/caption] On Tuesday morning, the LCROSS spacecraft will fly by the Moon only 9,000 km above the lunar surface and send back live streaming video for about an hour. This relatively close ...

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  • LCROSS Impact Made People Stand Out for the Moon

    2009-11-7 · The LCROSS flight and impact were devised in such a way that the Centaurus stage would kick up a massive plume of debris high into the lunar atmosphere, which …

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  • LRO and LCROSS Image Gallery : Free Movies : Free

    Shown here is Gemini-North Acquisition Camera image of the Moon's south pole with the LCROSS impact site near the center. This image was obtained on Oct 8, 2009, one day before impact. The dark ring is the field lens holder for the Altair adaptive optics system; it is 25 arcsec in radius.

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