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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.

See: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LCROSS/main/index.html

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.

See: http://www.skyandtelescope.com/news/home/56130137.html

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.

See: http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Greg

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