07.19.11 - A NASA led team of scientists and engineers has repositioned two small probes from Earth’s orbit where they studied space weather to begin orbiting the moon to study its interior and surface composition.
10.27.10 - Two NASA spacecraft have been assigned a new mission after successfully completing their original science objectives earlier this year.
The second of the two ARTEMIS spacecraft entered lunar orbit Sunday morning.
The first of the two ARTEMIS spacecraft entered lunar orbit this morning. ARTEMIS was the first mission to orbit the moon's Lagrangian points and this is the first ever attempt to move from the Lagrangian into lunar orbit.
It took one and a half years, over 90 orbit maneuvers, many gravitational boosts and little fuel to move two spacecraft from their orbits around Earth to their new home around the moon.
Because they lie just outside Earth's magnetosphere, Lagrange points are excellent places to study the solar wind.
Flight Dynamics data from THEMIS-B (one of the two ARTEMIS spacecraft) indicated that one of the electric field instrument spherical tip masses may have been struck by a meteoroid at 0605 UT on October 14.
NASA has achieved another first by placing the ARTEMIS-P1 spacecraft into a unique orbit behind the moon, but not actually orbiting the moon itself.