A flurry of LRO "milestone" PR is again being peppered over the web. Considering their late 2008 launch window was exchanged with the Department of Defense, and the long-anticipated Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is now apparently scheduled for launch in late April 2009, the last "milestone" I'm interested in at this point is timely, high-powered images from Lunar Orbit.
Nevertheless, out of deference and well-earned respect for the LRO team and for Goddard,
According to a NASA press release:
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed thermal vacuum testing, which simulates the extreme hot, cold and airless conditions of space LRO will experience after launch. This milestone concludes the orbiter's environmental test program at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
The orbiter will carry seven instruments to provide scientists with detailed maps of the lunar surface and increase our understanding of the moon's topography, lighting conditions, mineralogical composition and natural resources. Data returned to Earth from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will be used to select safe landing sites, determine locations for future outposts and help mitigate radiation dangers to astronauts. The spacecraft will spend at least a year in a low, polar orbit approximately 30 miles above the lunar surface while the instruments work together to collect detailed information about the moon's environment.