LRO and LCROSS launched

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LRO and LCROSS was launched yesterday, in what appears to be a picture-perfect launch. LRO will reach the Moon Tuesday 23. June, and will start conducting its scientific experiments after a short commissioning phase. LCROSS will take a slightly different trajectory, and will impact the Moon 9. October.

The launch has been widely reported in international media, here are a few random links: USA, Germany, UK, France, Norway, Australia. I’ll add more links as I come across them.

International Lunar Exploration Awards 2008

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ILEWG and the Lunar Explorers Society (Lunex) has announced the winners of the International Lunar Exploration Awards 2008, at the LEAG-ICEUM10-SRR conference, Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The ILEWG Awards celebrate the top lunar achievements in science, technology, international cooperation, community service, commerce and outreach. The Lunex YLE Award is given to an entity promoting lunar exploration among young lunar explorers.

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Orbiting the Moon

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After a long period with very low activity around the Moon, a multitude of robotic lunar exploration projects have been been launched the last years, and even more missions are coming in the near future. The roboti exploration party started in the 90’s with Hiten (1990) from JAXA and Clementine (1994) and Lunar Prospector (1998) from NASA, and they were followed up by Smart-1 (2003) from ESA. Data from these missions have among other things been used to produce accurate gravity maps, mineral distribution maps and medium resolution surface maps. 

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