LRO in lunar orbit!

This morning the LRO Team at Goddard Space Flight Center commanded LRO to execute a 40-minute burn that placed LRO into lunar orbit!

At 6:26:26am EDT today the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter completed a 40-minute Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) burn. LRO is now in a 220 km by 3100 km (137 mile by 1926 mile) orbit. Over the next 5 days LRO will perform 4 more small burns to adjust its orbit into a 30 km by 216 km (19 mile by 134 mile) elliptical orbit (Commissioning Phase Orbit). More information concerning the workings of the LRO Mission Operations Team can be found on their blog.

Published by Mark Robinson on 23 June 2009