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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Launch, Launch through Orbit Discussion
belleraphon1
post Jun 21 2009, 02:08 AM
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LCROSS - Streaming Video Coverage of the Lunar Swingby

LCROSS lunar swingby video stream coverage will begin approximately 5:20 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

The LCROSS instrumentation will send back data to Earth for approximately one hour. The first 30 minutes will contain a view of the lunar surface from an altitude of approximately 9,000 km. The video feed is set to display one frame per second. During the latter 30 minutes, the spacecraft will perform multiple scans of the moon's horizon to calibrate its sensors. During this latter half hour, the video image will update only occasionally. The 3D visualization stream will show the spacecraft position and attitude throughout the swingby.

Camera Feeds
The live streaming coverage of the lunar swingby will consist of two separate video streams:
Live video feed from the spacecraft's visible light camera at one frame per second. Real-time, telemetry-based animation of the lunar swingby.


http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/l...ngby/index.html

Perhaps this should really go to a new thread for mission. We are certainly past launch.

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post Jun 21 2009, 02:13 AM
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QUOTE
Perhaps this should really go to a new thread for mission. We are certainly past launch.


Never mind... I see this is the thread for launch through ORBIT..

Old brain needs a tweak!!!

I too am looking forward to whatever old lunar landers and rovers the LRO can pick out.

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post Jun 21 2009, 02:42 AM
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QUOTE (belleraphon1 @ Jun 20 2009, 06:13 PM) *
Never mind... I see this is the thread for launch through ORBIT..

Yep. ;-) The idea was to separate the discussion about launch and cruise from the discussion about the pictures. I thought that made sense, since a) the pre-launch thread had gotten to be pretty long and b) the cruise is so short.

But as soon as someone has actual moon pictures to play with, he or she should create a "Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission" thread (or something like that). At least, that was MY thinking. :-)

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post Jun 21 2009, 08:57 AM
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Details about Lunar Gravity Assist Lunar Return Orbit (LGALRO) click here
LCROSS will perform 3 LGALRO, each lasts 38 days, before impacting to the Moon
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post Jun 21 2009, 11:09 AM
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http://lroupdate.blogspot.com/
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post Jun 21 2009, 11:50 AM
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The real need for a new thread is a dedicated LCROSS thread, I'd say. Pics in only a few days! Sounds like LROC pics will have to wait until about July 2nd.

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post Jun 21 2009, 04:34 PM
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As the first part of the question was answered, I'll go for the 2nd one.

QUOTE (SpaceListener @ Jun 20 2009, 10:22 AM) *
When the spacecraft will start to pick up the speed? I tought it would be when the spacecraft is already traveled 5/6 of Earth-Moon distance (320,000 km)?


LRO/LCROSS will begin to accelerate once they are within the moon's gravitational hill sphere, which has a radius of about 60,000 km.


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post Jun 21 2009, 05:24 PM
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QUOTE (Greg Hullender @ Jun 20 2009, 09:42 PM) *
...as soon as someone has actual moon pictures to play with, he or she should create a "Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission" thread (or something like that).

Zvezdichko already created one -- LROC news and images -- a couple of days ago. Seems an appropriate place for LROC images, though a separate LCROSS topic may indeed be called for.

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post Jun 21 2009, 09:19 PM
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NASA-Twitter reports that all systems perform wonderfully, which is great.
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post Jun 22 2009, 10:41 AM
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If you haven't taken a look yet, check out the LROC website. It's a great example of How A Mission Website Should Be Done. Clear, good links, looks great, the Outreach materials section is a goldmine, too :-)

http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/index.html

CAn't wait for the first images to appear in the gallery! :-)


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post Jun 22 2009, 11:16 AM
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Yes but some pages are clearly out of date....

"LROC images are not currently available, because the orbiter is still waiting for launch.
Once launched, the orbiter will began taking amazing pictures of the moon. "

Also why do we still need a "Launch Preview".

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post Jun 22 2009, 11:34 AM
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QUOTE (MahFL @ Jun 22 2009, 12:16 PM) *
Yes but some pages are clearly out of date....

"LROC images are not currently available, because the orbiter is still waiting for launch.


Well, that's half right... images aren't going to be available if they haven't been taken yet... wink.gif

BTW, interesting snippet of info on collectSPACE re the resolving power of the camera:

According to Dr. Robinson in response to a question collectSPACE posed to him this afternoon, "The angular resolution [of the LROC] will be about 50 cm/pixel (dependent on the final orbit of course). We will definitely be able to spot the LM descent stages and Rovers."


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post Jun 23 2009, 09:28 AM
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http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.p...t=0#entry142273 for discussion during LOI / LCROSS flyby.
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post Jun 23 2009, 02:46 PM
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Looks like we're safely in orbit now. Even though I started this thread, I don't see how to close it. Can a moderator do that for me?

Thanks!

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