Tuesday, May 19, 2009

NASA Briefing LRO/LCROSS Thursday

NASA will host a presser, Thursday regarding the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar CRater Remote Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) now scheduled for launch no earlier than June 17.

Members of the mission and science teams will brief reporters May 21 at 2300 UT in the James E. Webb Memorial Auditorium at NASA HQ in Washington. It will be carried live on NASA TV.

"Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, focuses on the selection of safe landing sites, identification of lunar resources," the announcement reads, "and the study of how lunar radiation will affect humans."

And "the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, will impact the moon twice in its search for water ice."

Briefing participants are Doug Cooke, associate administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters; Mike Wargo, chief lunar scientist, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate; Craig Tooley, project manager, LRO, NASA Goddard; Rich Vondrak, project scientist, LRO, Goddard; Dan Andrews, project manager, LCROSS, NASA Ames; Tony Colaprete, project scientist, LCROSS, Ames.

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