LCROSS launch date info

From: Canopus56 (
Date: Mon Jun 08 2009 - 04:08:32 UTC

  • Next message: "SatObs 8 June 2009 (8039)"

    Launch date and pre-launch NASA-TV internet broadcast for LCROSS.  Originally posted by Valmir Martins de Morais in the LCROSS observation group. Opportunity to capture images of the lunar outbound LCROSS-Centaur?  - Clear Skies - Kurt
    George H. Diller 
    Kennedy Space Center, Fla. 
    Grey Hautaluoma 
    Headquarters, Washington 
    MEDIA ADVISORY: M09-103 
    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, 
    and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, 
    spacecraft are set to launch together to the moon aboard an Atlas V 
    rocket on June 17. Three launch opportunities from Cape Canaveral Air 
    Force Station, Fla., are at 3:51 p.m., 4:01 p.m. and 4:11 p.m. EDT. 
    NASA Television's coverage of the launch will begin at 1 p.m. EDT. 
    If the launch is postponed 24 hours, the launch times on June 18 are 
    5:12 p.m., 5:22 p.m. and 5:32 p.m. 
    LRO's objectives during its mission orbiting the moon are to identify 
    safe landing sites, locate potential resources, characterize the 
    radiation environment, and demonstrate new technology. LRO will orbit 
    the poles of the moon during a one-year exploration mission followed 
    by a planned multi-year science mission. 
    Approximately four to five months after launch, LCROSS will impact the 
    moon, providing key information about the lunar composition and 
    presence of water ice or hydrated minerals. 
    Prelaunch news conference 
    A prelaunch news conference on Monday, June 15, at 1 p.m. will be held 
    at the news center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and broadcast live 
    on NASA TV. Participants in the briefing will be: 
    - Todd May, program manager, Lunar Precursor Robotic Program, NASA's 
    Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala. 
    - Chuck Dovale, NASA launch director, Kennedy Space Center 
    - Vernon Thorp, program manager, NASA Missions, United Launch 
    Alliance, Cape Canaveral 
    - Craig Tooley, LRO project manager, NASA's Goddard Space Flight 
    Center, Greenbelt, Md. 
    - Daniel Andrews, LCROSS project manager, NASA's Ames Research Center, 
    Moffett Field, Calif. 
    - Clay Flinn, Atlas V launch weather officer, 45th Weather Squadron, 
    Cape Canaveral Air Force Station 
    LRO and LCROSS mission science briefing 
    A mission science briefing on Tuesday, June 16, at 1 p.m. will be held 
    at Kennedy's news center and broadcast live on NASA TV. Participants 
    in the briefing will be: 
    - Mike Wargo, chief lunar scientist, Exploration Science Mission 
    Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington 
    - Rich Vondrak, project scientist, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, 
    - Tony Colaprete, project scientist, LCROSS, Ames 
    Accreditation and media access badges for Kennedy Space Center 
    Reporters who want to cover the LRO and LCROSS prelaunch news 
    conference, mission briefing and launch must complete the online 
    accreditation process at:  
    Accreditation for U.S. media representatives must be received by the 
    close of business on Wednesday, June 10. Journalists may obtain their 
    NASA access badge at the Kennedy Badging Office, located near Gate 3 
    on State Road 405, just past the Kennedy Space Center Visitor 
    Complex. Two forms of government issued identification, one with a 
    photo, will be required to receive an access badge. For further 
    information about accreditation, contact Laurel Lichtenberger at 
    Kennedy news center hours 
    Monday, June 15: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Tuesday, June 16: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
    Wednesday, June 17: 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. 
    Atlas V launch vehicle rollout 
    On Tuesday, June 16, reporters will have the opportunity to observe 
    the rollout of the Atlas V rocket from the Vertical Integration 
    Facility to the launch pad at Complex 41. Journalists will depart by 
    bus from the Kennedy press site at 9 a.m. 
    Remote camera placement at Launch Complex 41 
    On Wednesday, June 17, photographers who wish to set up remote, 
    sound-activated cameras at the Atlas V launch pad will depart by bus 
    from the parking lot at the Kennedy press site at 8:30 a.m. 
    Launch day press site access 
    On launch day, reporters will cover the LRO and LCROSS launch from the 
    Kennedy press site. Access will be through Gate 2 on State Road 3 or 
    Gate 3 on State Road 405. There will be no access through Gate 1 at 
    Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. 
    NASA Web prelaunch and launch coverage 
    Extensive prelaunch and launch day coverage of the lift off of LRO and 
    LCROSS aboard an Atlas V rocket will be available on NASA's home on 
    the Internet at:  
    A prelaunch webcast for the two missions to the moon will be streamed 
    on the Web at noon on Tuesday, June 17, and broadcast on NASA TV. The 
    webcast will feature Cathy Peddie, deputy project manager for LRO at 
    Goddard; Kimberly Ennico, payload scientist for LCROSS at Ames; and 
    Chuck Tatro, mission manager for NASA's Launch Services Program at 
    Kennedy. George Diller of NASA Public Affairs will host the program. 
    Live countdown coverage through NASA's launch blog begins at about 
    1:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 17. Coverage features live updates as 
    countdown milestones occur, as well as streaming video clips 
    highlighting launch preparations and liftoff. For questions about 
    countdown coverage, contact Jeanne Ryba at 321-867-7824. 
    To view the webcast and the blog or to learn more about the LRO and 
    LCROSS missions, visit the mission home pages at:  
    The NASA News Twitter feed will be updated throughout the launch 
    countdown and during spacecraft checkout. To access the NASA News 
    Twitter feed, visit:  
    NASA TV coverage 
    NASA Television will carry the LRO and LCROSS prelaunch news 
    conference, mission science briefing and launch. Launch day coverage 
    will begin at 1 p.m. and conclude approximately one hour after 
    launch. There will not be a post-launch news conference. 
    For NASA Television downlink information, schedule information and 
    streaming video, visit:  
    A post-launch news release will be issued approximately one hour after 
    launch or as soon as data about the LRO spacecraft state-of-health is 
    available. An additional news release will be issued after the 
    Centaur has been turned over to LCROSS for mission operations, which 
    occurs approximately four and a half hours after launch. 
    Spokespersons also will be available at the Kennedy press site to 
    answer questions and for interviews. 
    Audio only of the prelaunch news conference and launch coverage will 
    be available by dialing 321-867-1220, -1240, -1260 or -7135. On 
    launch day, mission audio of the launch conductor's countdown 
    activities without NASA TV launch commentary will be carried on 
    321-867-7135 starting at noon. Launch audio also will be available on 
    local amateur VHF radio frequency 146.940 MHz, heard within Brevard 
    Recorded status reports about the launch of the LRO and LCROSS 
    spacecraft and updates to the media advisory will be provided on the 
    Kennedy media phone line at 321-867-2525 starting Monday, June 15. 
    The launch management of LRO and LCROSS is the responsibility of the 
    Launch Services Program at Kennedy. United Launch Alliance is the 
    launch service provider for the Atlas V. Goddard built and provides 
    project management for the LRO spacecraft. Northrop Grumman built the 
    LCROSS spacecraft for Ames, which also is responsible for its project 
    Subscribe/Unsubscribe info, Frequently Asked Questions, SeeSat-L archive:

    This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Mon Jun 08 2009 - 04:17:18 UTC