Watch the LCROSS Lunar Swingby live on NASA TV

June 22, 2009 17:09 by scibuff

Update 2: LRO’s Lunar Orbit Insertion (LOI) live stream on NASA TV starts at 9:30 UTC and the actual engine burn will occur at 9:47 UTC.

Update 1: The live LCROSS telemetry-based spacecraft animation and the visible camera images will be available at LCROSS mission page.

Last Thursday at 21:32 UTC NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) aboard the Atlas V (401) rocket. Tomorrow, after five days in space, the LCROSS spacecraft will fly by the moon and enter into a Lunar Gravity Assist, Lunar Return Orbit (LGALRO) to position it for impact with the target lunar pole.

Graphic visualizations of the early part of the LCROSS orbit leading up to lunar swingby at Launch +5 days - Source: NASA

Graphic visualizations of the early part of the LCROSS orbit leading up to lunar swingby at Launch +5 days - Source: NASA

NASA will provide a live coverage of the event via NASA TV. The lunar swingby video stream coverage will begin approximately at 12:20 UTC. The instruments aboard LCROSS will be transmitting data back to Earth for about one hour. The first half of the live coverage will provide a view the lunar surface from an altitude of approximately 9,000 km. The expected video feed frame rate is one frame per second during this phase. In the second half, the spacecraft will perform various tasks and calibrate the onboard instruments and therefore the video feed will be updated only occasionally. The 3D visualization stream will show the spacecraft position and attitude throughout the swingby.

For the latest news follow LCROSS on Twitter or visit the LCROSS blog at NASA blogs.

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