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A Toast to LRO
LRO controllers, scientists and others toast the successful lunar orbit insertion

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Engineers, scientists and other Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team members toast the successful arrival of LRO at the moon in this photograph taken inside a control room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

The photo was taken June 23, the day that LRO reached the moon (called lunar orbit insertion) after a four-and-a-half-day journey. Engineers at Goddard confirmed the spacecraft's lunar orbit insertion at 6:27 a.m. EDT.

The LRO satellite will explore the moon's deepest craters, examining permanently sunlit and shadowed regions, and provide understanding of the effects of lunar radiation on humans. LRO will also search for natural resources and potential landing sites that would make possible a permanent human presence on the moon.

Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/Pat Izzo