Michael Mewhinney /Jonas Dino
Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
650-604-3937/5612 /
May 20, 2009
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 are preparing 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.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will focus on the selection of safe landing sites, identification of lunar resources and the study of how lunar radiation will affect humans. Parts of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite will impact the moon twice in its search for water ice.

International journalists planning to cover the launch of LRO and LCROSS must apply for accreditation by May 27. The deadline for U.S. reporters to apply for accreditation is June 10. Media representatives applying for credentials should submit requests via the Web at:

Two forms of government-issued identification, one with a photo, will be required to receive an access badge for NASA's Kennedy Space Center to cover the prelaunch news conference and launch. For further information about accreditation, contact Laurel Lichtenberger at Kennedy at 321-867-4036.

Note to Editors: The NASA Headquarters news briefing with the LCROSS and LRO mission and science teams will be televised at 1 p.m. PDT tomorrow, Thursday, May 21 by NASA TV and shown in the main auditorium, Bldg. N201, at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field. Reporters may ask questions of the panelists in Washington via a phone hookup. Kim Ennico, an LCROSS payload specialist, will be available at Ames for interviews following the briefing.

For information about phone access for questions, contact Ashley Edwards at 202-358-1756 by 9 am PDT on Thursday. The briefing also will be shown on the agency's Web site.

To reach NASA Ames, take U.S. Highway 101 to the Moffett Field, NASA Parkway exit and drive east on Moffett Boulevard towards the main gate. At the main gate, pull into the small parking lot on your right and enter the Visitor Badge Office, located in Bldg. 26 to obtain a visitor pass. The briefing will be shown in the main auditorium located behind the administration building as you enter the center.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit:

For more information about the LRO and LCROSS missions, visit:


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