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  • Potential water concentrations on the south pole of the moon

    NASA'S LCROSS Reveals Target Crater for Lunar Impacts

    NASA has selected a final destination for its Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, after a journey of nearly 5.6 million miles that included several orbits around Earth and the moon.

  • Image of possible craters for the LCROSS impact.

    LCROSS Selects Crater With Best Chance of Finding Water

    NASA’s search for lunar water now has an address. Learn about the target crater for the LCROSS mission.

  • View of Earth from the moon.

    Looking Back at Earth

    On Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009, the LCROSS spacecraft successfully completed its first Earth-look calibration of its science payload.

  • Short List of LCROSS target craters on the lunar south pole.

    Short List of LCROSS Candidate Impact Craters

    These candidate craters shown are based on current information about the age, depth and structure of the selected craters.

  • Aldrin's bootprint

    NASA Ames to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Moon Landings

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- Forty years ago, humans took their first steps on the moon. NASA has just taken the first steps to return humans to the moon and everyone is welcome to join in the celebration.

  • Mosaics of Lunar Swingby Images

    Preliminary processed images from LCROSS Swingby on June 23, 2009.

  • One of the first images from the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) using the visible light camera during the swingby of the moon.

    NASA Moon Impactor Completes Lunar Maneuver

    The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, successfully completed its most significant early mission milestone Tuesday with a lunar swingby and calibration of its science instruments.

  • NASA Successfully Launches Lunar Impactor

    NASA successfully launched the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, Thursday on a mission to search for water ice in a permanently shadowed crater at the moon's south pole.

  • Lunar Exploration Missions Roll to Pad for Thursday Launch

    NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, rolled aboard their Atlas V rocket to the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida Wednesday morning in preparation for launch on Thursday.

  • NASA Sets Lunar Spacecraft Launch Coverage Events

    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.

  • LCROSS logo.

    NASA Ames Hosts Screening Event for Launch to the Moon

    Come see a live broadcast of the launch of NASA's Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) and hear presentations from NASA experts on Wednesday, June 17, 2009.

  • LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite) impact artwork

    NASA Outlines Plans for Lunar Exploration Missions

    NASA's return to the moon will get a boost in June with the launch of two satellites that will return a wealth of data about Earth's nearest neighbor.

  • LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite) impact artwork

    NASA Opens Media Accreditation for Moon Missions

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, missions to the moon arepreparing for launch. The missions are targeted to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida aboard an Atlas V rocket no earlier than June 17, 2009, at 6:51 p.m. PDT.

  • LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite) impact artwork

    Lunar Satellite Missions Briefing Scheduled

    News media are invited to participate in a televised news briefing with panelists in Washington D.C. at 1 p.m. PDT on Thursday, May 21, about two upcoming lunar missions scheduled to launch in June that mark the beginning of a journey to better understand the moon.

  • Image of John Marmie.

    NASA Moon Mission Brings Divergent Passions Together

    Growing up in the rural Appalachian foothills of the Ohio Valley, John Marmie developed a passion for music. When he combined that passion with his enthusiasm for space exploration, he was inspired to write an original song, 'Water on the Moon.'

  • Engineers at Northrop Grumman check final paperwork in preparation for shipment of the LCROSS spacecraft to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Credit: NASA, courtesy of Northrop Grumman.

    NASA Mission To Seek Water Ice on Moon Heads to Florida for Launch

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA's Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, is enroute from Northrop Grumman's facility in Redondo Beach, Calif., to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida in preparation for a spring launch.

  • Image of moon.

    NASA Selects Teams for Moon Impact Observation Campaign

    MOFFETT FIELD, Calif. -- NASA has selected four teams to observe the impact of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, known as LCROSS, with the lunar surface during the mission's search for water ice on the moon.

  • Mosaic of 699 images of a candidate impact site on the moon's south pole. The image was collected on Nov. 7, 2008 using the NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF) located atop Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii.

    NASA Developing Plans to Capture Lunar Impacts

    A team of scientists, led by Diane Wooden of NASA’s Ames Research Center has created a detailed mosaic image of the moon’s south pole to help observe the dual impacts of the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission.

  • Image of NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility.

    NASA Seeks Amateur Astronomers for Lunar Observations

    The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Observation Campaign is seeking assistance from amateurs to develop a library of digital images of the lunar poles under varying phase and librations.

  • Petroglyph of a Polynesian double-hulled canoe found on the Big Island of Hawaii. These canoes were the vessels used to explore the Pacific Ocean. Credit: Jonas Dino

    NASA Challenges Students to Follow Path of Ancient Explorers

    The NASA LCROSS mission and NASA Quest are inviting students in grades 5-8 to participate in part one of the NASA Quest Challenge: "Exploration Through Navigation." The challenge, "How will you stay on course?"