Lunar Missions Start Their Roll Toward the Moon

Even though it was a scorching 90 degrees at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA’s two lunar missions, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, made their roll to launch complex 41 looking sharp. Compared to the space shuttle, the roll was quick and took only about 35 minutes..not bad at all.

Watch the rollout (MP4, 14 MB)

An United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellites (LRO/LCROSS) rolls out from
its Vertical Integration Facility at Space Launch Complex-41, Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, Fla. Image credit: United Launch Alliance/Pat Corkery

The two missions are scheduled to launch together tomorrow (Thursday June 18) and have three launch opportunities, starting at 5:12 p.m., 5:22 p.m. and 5:32 p.m. EDT.

To the moon or bust!


3 thoughts on “Lunar Missions Start Their Roll Toward the Moon”

  1. can’t wait! best of luck to all involved. thanks for your hard work in expanding our knowledge.

  2. A source of power generation for a moon base/mission.

    The difference between night and daytime (250 degrees Fahrenheit (120 Celsius) during the day and -382 Fahrenheit (-230 Celsius) can be put to work. A closed cycle engine that stores a cold working fluid during the night and flows it through a gererator during the day (with batteries for continuous power).

  3. add on to my post above – you would have to have an insulating cover for the cold storage that would open once the temperature outside is hot to maximise the temperature difference

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