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What type of probe are the sending to the Moon?


jzermeno said...

The mission that recently blasted off to the moon is actually a set of two missions. There were two probes riding to the moon on the same Atlas V rocket. The probe that was riding on top was the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/main/index.html Similar in mission to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, this machine will orbit the moon for as long as possible, sending us the best pictures of the surface of the moon. The goal is to get a complete map of the entire surface and also to watch what happens to the second probe, the LCROSS, or the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/main/index.html The main job of this probe is to see if there is any water ice hidden in the deep craters of the moon. In October of 2009, the LCROSS probe will split into two parts. The first part will crash into the moon at the bottom of a deep crater, sending up a cloud of debris. The second part will fly through the debris to see what it is made of and especially if there is any H2O present in the debris cloud. Then the second part of the probe will also crash into the moon. All the while the LRO will be watching from space so that we can learn as much as possible about what kind of materials can be found on and near the surface of the moon. The LCROSS and LRO missions will help to get us ready to send more humans to the moon in the coming decades. So get ready to see some really cool pictures and videos coming from these two missions during the rest of this year!


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