|Posted on Jun 18, 2009 05:59:48 PM | NASA's New Moon Missions | 24 Comments ||
The wait is over! Under cloudy skies LRO and LCROSS thundered into the atmosphere enroute to the moon. Watch the launch (MP4, 143 MB)
NASA's LRO and LCROSS spacecraft on top of the Atlas V rocket launch from
Complex 41 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Image: NASA
An United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket blasts off with NASA's LRO/LRCOSS
mission from Space Launch Complex-41, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.,
at 5:32 p.m. EDT today. Image Credit: Pat Corkery, United Launch Alliance
Everyone was nervous with all the weather constraints and afraid a nearby thunderstorm would scrub the launch and force it to go on Friday. But the weather was with us and we heard those magic words that we were "good to go."
Countdown clock, post-launch, L+28
The next mission milestones will be separation of the spacecraft from each other. Then later tonight we'll wait for the upper stage Centaur to turn over operations to the LCROSS spacecraft.
Tags : Atlas V, Centaur, moon