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A swing by manoeuvre will be performed by the 1,290-pound LCROSS and the 5,216-pound Centaur upper stage, at around 6 am on 23rd June. This will be done in order to calibrate the satellites science instruments and enter into a long, looping polar revolution around Earth and the moon. An approximated 37 days will be taken to complete a single orbit and these will be roughly perpendicular to the moons orbit.
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Ed ~ NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is scheduled to enter lunar orbit on the 23rd June, at 09:43 GMT.

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MIT research is moon-bound
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is making its way to the moon following a flawless liftoff on June 18 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard an Atlas V rocket.

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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is scheduled to ignite its engines at 09:43 GMT, 23rd June, 2009, to achieve a elliptical lunar orbit of 30 x 216 kilometres.


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Separation of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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Main engine cut-off 2

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Ignition of Centaur Engine

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Nasa has successfully launched two spacecraft to the Moon on missions that will pave the way for a return to the lunar surface by US astronauts.
LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) and a crater observation mission blasted off from Florida on an Atlas V rocket.
Data gathered by LRO will help mission planners select future landing sites and scout locations for lunar outposts.


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Nearly 40 years after humans first set foot on the lunar surface, NASA took a giant leap back to the moon with Thursday's launch of two unmanned scouts.

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