Double Trouble for Moon Probes
Hey Fellow Astrocast.TV’ers!
NASA’s Lunar Crater Observation Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) developed a problem that consumed a large amount of its propellant…..NASA says there is enough fuel left for completing its October 9th impact into the Moon.
India has lost radio contact with its Chandrayaan-1 lunar spacecraft. Odds are long that recontact can be established. The following story also has an update on LCROSS.
That leaves Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) as the only working spacecraft in lunar orbit. Chandrayaan-1 and LRO had just completed a joint experiment recently to try and determine the presence of water at the north pole – see my recent blog.