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Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS)
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LCROSS Artist's rendition of Centaur upper stage rocket approaching the moon with the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), 'shepherding satellite,' attached. Click on the image for full-resolution.
LCROSS profile rendering Artist's rendition of Centaur upper stage rocket firing with the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) 'shepherding satellite' attached. Click on the image for full-resolution.
LCROSS lunar approach Artist's rendition of a tail-view of the Centaur upper stage rocket (in upper left corner of image) approaching the moon early in 2009. The detached Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), 'shepherding satellite,' follows the upper stage. Click on the image for full-resolution.
LCROSS lunar blast Artist's rendition of the 4,400-pound (2,000-kilogram) Centaur upper stage rocket hitting the moon's surface near the south pole. The impact with the moon is expected to excavate about 220 tons (200 metric tons) of material from the lunar surface. The LCROSS shepherding satellite will observe the plume of material with a suite of six instruments to look for water ice and examine lunar soil kicked up by the impact. Click on the image for full-resolution.


 
Image Credit: NASA/Roger Arno
 
 
 
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