Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) launch in a few hours

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Date: Thu Jun 18 2009 - 11:45:40 UTC

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    At 21:12 UTC ( June 18 ) a atlas 5 rocket will liftoff with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter into orbit. The atlas 5 upperstage will have a seperate payload on it, called LCROSS. LCROSS and the upperstage will enter lunar orbit, then in Oct, the atlas 5 upperstage will impact the moon. 
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    Webcast can be on Nasa TV
    The upperstage will vent's it's fuel, but from what I see, it will occur in darkness.
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