Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Lunar Prospector Set To Launch Today -- Will Answer Long-Standing Questions About Our Closest Neighbor

Date:
January 5, 1998
Source:
National Aeronautics And Space Administration
Summary:
After 25 years, NASA is returning to the Moon with the Lunar Prospector spacecraft, scheduled for launch at 8:31 p.m. EST on Jan. 5, 1998, from Spaceport Florida's new Launch Complex 46 in Cape Canaveral, FL. Within a month, Lunar Prospector will begin returning answers to long-standing questions about the Moon, its resources, its structure and its origins.

After 25 years, NASA is returning to the Moon with the Lunar Prospector spacecraft, scheduled for launch at 8:31 p.m. EST on Jan. 5, 1998, from Spaceport Florida's new Launch Complex 46 in Cape Canaveral, FL. Within a month, the small robotic mission will begin returning answers to long-standing questions about the Moon, its resources, its structure and its origins.

Prospector will accomplish these goals during its primary one-year polar orbiting mission. Using a complement of five instruments, the mission will yield important science results at an unprecedented low cost.

The first and most exciting data returned will answer the question first raised in the early seventies and underscored by the 1994 Clementine mission: Is there water in the form of ice in some polar craters? The significance of this information for further exploration of the Moon and future utilization of Moon resources is great.

Prospector is a NASA Discovery Mission. This new kind of mission places an emphasis on science and "Faster, Better, Cheaper" mission design and development. Lunar Prospector exemplifies these goals. It is a small, spin-stabilized craft that uses flight-qualified, modern technologies and instrumentation to ensure results and minimize risk. The design is simple: a small, graphite-epoxy drum (1.4m x 1.2m) with surface mounted solar cells and three 2.5m masts which carry the instruments and isolate them from the bus.

A Web site will enable the public to view user-friendly visualizations of science data transmissions from the spacecraft as they are first being seen by mission scientists. For more information, visit the Lunar Prospector Web site at http://lunar.arc.nasa.gov/.


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by National Aeronautics And Space Administration. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Cite This Page:

National Aeronautics And Space Administration. "Lunar Prospector Set To Launch Today -- Will Answer Long-Standing Questions About Our Closest Neighbor." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 5 January 1998. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/01/980105055928.htm>.
National Aeronautics And Space Administration. (1998, January 5). Lunar Prospector Set To Launch Today -- Will Answer Long-Standing Questions About Our Closest Neighbor. ScienceDaily. Retrieved October 23, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/01/980105055928.htm
National Aeronautics And Space Administration. "Lunar Prospector Set To Launch Today -- Will Answer Long-Standing Questions About Our Closest Neighbor." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/01/980105055928.htm (accessed October 23, 2014).

Share This



More Space & Time News

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

Russian Cosmonauts Kick Off Final Spacewalk of 2014

Russian Cosmonauts Kick Off Final Spacewalk of 2014

Reuters - US Online Video (Oct. 22, 2014) — Russian cosmonauts Maxim Suraev and Alexander Samokutyaev step outside the International Space Station to perform work on the exterior of the station's Russian module. Rough Cut (no reporter narration) Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
Comet Siding Spring Grazes Mars' Atmosphere

Comet Siding Spring Grazes Mars' Atmosphere

Newsy (Oct. 19, 2014) — A comet from the farthest reaches of the solar system passed extremely close to Mars this weekend, giving astronomers a rare opportunity to study it. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Latin America Launches Communications Satellite

Latin America Launches Communications Satellite

AFP (Oct. 17, 2014) — Argentina launches a home-built satellite, a first for Latin America. It will ride a French-made Ariane 5 rocket into orbit, and will provide cell phone, digital TV, Internet and data services to the lower half of South America. Duration: 00:41 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
This Week @ NASA, October 17, 2014

This Week @ NASA, October 17, 2014

NASA (Oct. 17, 2014) — Power spacewalk, MAVEN’s “First Light”, Hubble finds extremely distant galaxy and more... Video provided by NASA
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
 
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:  

Breaking News:

Strange & Offbeat Stories

 

Space & Time

Matter & Energy

Computers & Math

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:  

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile iPhone Android Web
Follow Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins