Flight to the Moon
Approximate Running Time: 9 minutes
Release Date: December 2011
Clark Planetarium and NASA have partnered to create a 9-minute mini-show about NASA’s LRO and LCROSS missions to the Moon. In June 2009, two unmanned spacecraft, the LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbit er) and LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) launched together in one Atlas 5 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center. The LRO spacecraft is mapping the moon in unprecedented detail. T hat October, LCROSS delivered the Centaur impactor into a shaded lunar crater (Cabeus) near the lunar south pole, creating a plume for the spacecraft to fly into and collect data to look for water. D ue to the unexpectedly complex treasure trove of data returned by LRO and LCROSS about the impact, it took many months for scientific results to be released. As results came in through 2010 and new sp ectacular orbital photography continues to come in from LRO, we waited until 2011 to release a more comprehensive show about the mission results.