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LRO Mid-Course Correction Burn

June 20, 2009

LRO mid-course correction burn successful!

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LRO Launches Successfully

June 18, 2009

LRO, carrying the LROC and LCROSS instruments was successfully launched at 5:32 U.S. Eastern. Congratulations!

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LRO Launch now set for Thursday at 5:12 pm EDT

June 17, 2009

The LRO/LCROSS Atlas V 401 will be rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility towards the launch pad starting at 10 am this morning (June 17) in preparation for a launch attempt Thursday June 18 at 5:12 pm.

 

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LRO Launch Window

June 16, 2009

The LRO launch window is currently in flux due to the slip of the Space Shuttle Endeavor launch. LRO is currently set for launch on the 18th, with a possible launch window of the 18th to 20th.

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LRO spacecraft model now available!

May 30, 2009

Future rocket scientists needed - some assembly required.

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NAC Cleanroom Calibration - Flatfield Images

March 4, 2009

Last year calibration of LROC Narrow Angle Cameras (NAC) took place at the Malin Space Science Systems (San Diego).

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NAC Cleanroom Calibration - Baffle Tube

March 4, 2009

This is a "souvenir picture" of the first NAC taken last year in a cleanroom at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego. In this picture the large primary mirror of the NAC optics is well visible at the end of the NAC tube. The LROC Science Team member on the left gives a good sense of just how large the LROC NACs are.  Remember, there will be two NACs side by side on the LRO spacecraft!

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NAC Cleanroom Calibration - The First NAC

March 4, 2009

Here is one of the LROC NAC cameras in the cleanroom at Malin Space Science Systems in 2008.  We're looking down the baffle tube. The white silver sickle-like form is the primary mirror of the optics. The small golden circle is the backside of the secondary mirror which reflects incoming light back out. Also visible on the right is a spectroradiometer used for calibrations.

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Narrow Angle Cameras (NAC)

March 4, 2009

One of the LROC Narrow Angle Cameras (NAC), photographed in a cleanroom at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego last year.  The long silver tube is the baffle for straylight rejection. It is made of carbon fiber. The golden part of the NAC is the optics, a Ritchey-Chretien telescope with an aperture of about 7.7 inches (19.5 cm), which focuses the light onto a CCD line-scanner in the back (not visible). For scale, the NAC has a diameter of about 10 inches (26 cm) and a length of 27.5 inches (70 cm).

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WAC Calibration

March 4, 2009

Here is a picture from last year showing the LROC Wide Angle Camera (WAC) in a cleanroom at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego. The WAC (foreground) looks towards the monochromator (grey box) which emits light of a certain wavelength (color). By scanning through all relevant wavelengths between 290 nm (ultraviolet) and 720 nm (very deep red) the color response of each of the 7 WAC (2 UV + 5 visible) filters is determined. In this particular image a spectroradiometer is placed in front of the aperture of the monochromator.

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