Jeannette P. Owens
Media Relations Office

June 17, 2009
RELEASE : 09-026
NASA Glenn Invites the Public to View Lunar Launch
CLEVELAND -- The Visitor Center at NASA's Glenn Research Center will be open for the public to view on its big screen a live broadcast of the launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, missions on Thursday, June 18.

LRO and LCROSS are scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla. with three instantaneous attempts possible at 5:12 p.m., 5:22 p.m. and 5:32 p.m. Should launch slip to June 19, the window would be 6:41 p.m., 6:51 p.m. and 7:01 p.m. If the launch is rescheduled for another date, visitors should call the Visitor Center at 216-433-2000 to confirm if extended hours will be available for launch viewing.

NASA's LRO and LCROSS missions will help set the stage for future exploration and scientific research of the moon.

The LRO payload consists of seven scientific instruments that will collect lunar imagery, topography, temperatures and more to create a comprehensive atlas of the moon's features. The LCROSS mission will help scientists determine if water ice exists in the permanently shadowed craters at the lunar poles.

A component on the LRO is the Ka-band traveling-wave tube amplifier, or TWTA. The development of the TWTA was managed by Glenn. This mission critical part of the primary communication system will allow science data and video to be sent from the spacecraft to Earth at much higher rates than what was previously possible.

Prior to the launch broadcast, a Glenn program manager will give a brief description of Glenn's role in this mission and how the LRO mission fits within NASA's Constellation Program.

Admission to the Visitor Center is free and the building is wheelchair accessible. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. All adult visitors must present government-issued photo identification upon entering the center's main gate located at 21000 Brookpark Road. Access to the Visitor Center is limited to U.S. citizens and all vehicles are subject to inspection.

For more information about Glenn's Visitor Center, call 216-433-2000 or visit:

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


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