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Back to the Moon - launch imminent 
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Post Back to the Moon - launch imminent
Saw the following message just now:

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This afternoon, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite is scheduled to be launched on an Atlas V from KSC. LRO carries the JPL Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment

Date: Thursday 6/18/2009 (TODAY)
Time: 5:12 pm EDT - 2:12 pm Pacific Time

You can find near-real-time information of the launch on http://lro.gsfc.nasa.gov/launch.html.


First US mission of any kind to the Moon since 1999.


Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:34 am
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Post Re: Back to the Moon - launch imminent
Apparently they are not sending a missile to the pole but dropping one of the rocket stages on it. Resourceful, actually.


Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:36 am
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Post Re: Back to the Moon - launch imminent
Rocket Scientist 1: Okay, we're good on the calculations for the orbiter's LIO.
Rocket Scientist 2: Good, time for lunch.
RS1: There's just one problem...
RS2: What?
RS1: We don't have enough delta-vee to get the FSB into ejection orbit.
RS2: So... ker-splat?
RS1: Ker-splat.
(long pause)
RS2: It's a feature.
RS1: It's a feature. Let's eat.

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Thu Jun 18, 2009 10:57 am
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Post Back to the Moon - launch successful
And it's off. I like to watch a launch. Saw New Horizons launch toward Pluto when we were at the Cape a few years ago. That thing did not hang around.

All this coverage makes one wonder how we ever made it to the Moon before without booster-mounted cameras relaying live video,* 3-D animations driven by live tracking data, and carefully crafted mission descriptions delivered at the moment of take-off. Just lucky, I guess.

* No, we didn't have that before. You may be thinking of this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_4#Cameras .


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