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LCROSS Instrument Payload Development and Testing
06.23.08
 
As a fast-track mission with a limited budget, the LCROSS team investigated the use of commercial-off-off-the-shelf technologies as a means to meet the mission's milestones. The LCROSS payload team selected instruments used in rugged commercial or space applications and put them through a rigorous testing process that simulated the harsh conditions of launch and spaceflight.

MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left: Kimberly Ennico, Payload Scientist, Co-Investigator Science Team, Middle - Dana Lynch, Optical Engineer, Right Diane Wooden, Co-Investigator Science team. The equipment pictured, the LCROSS Near Infrared Solar Viewer Spectrometer, is being used for calibrating the spectrometer’s performance viewing the sun from the NASA Ames Research Center campus.
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left: Metal shake table close up. Shows two units bolted on. The left one is the lens sensor electronics and photometer sensor. The right is the digital electronics unit for the instrument. The two units, along with their cabling is one of the LCROSS science instruments.
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left: LCROSS shake table vibration tests at the NASA Ames Research Center’s EEL Lab. (Lens and electronic units bolted to metal shake table mount.)
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left: LCROSS Flight Hardware cable check/verification
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left: LCROSS flight hardware in clean room at NASA Ames Research Center EEL.
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left: LCROSS flight hardware in clean room at NASA Ames Research with Jerry Wang of Ames EEL Lab, fabricating housing.
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left: LCROSS flight hardware in clean room at NASA Ames Research with Left to right Tony Colaprete, LCROSS Principal Investigator, Kimberly Ennico, Payload Scientist, Co-Investigator Science team. Dana Lynch, Optical Engineer on LCROSS team
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left:LCROSS flight hardware in clean room at NASA Ames Research.
Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center / Dominic Hart
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left: Overview of Ames EEL Lab with LCROSS bolted to shake table for vibration testing. Shown are Lynn Hofland.
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left: LCROSS team members monitor the vibration test being preformed on the shake table in the EEL Lab.
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left: LCROSS final securing of components shown with Jerry Wang on left and Glen Sasaki on right of Ames EEL Lab.
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MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. - Cameras and sensors that will look for the presence of water on the moon have completed validation tests and been shipped to the manufacturer of NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. Left: Kimberly Ennico, Payload Scientist, Co-Investigator Science team, shown during calibration and camera check.
Photo Credit: NASA Ames Research Center / Dominic Hart
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