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Lunar Polar Volatile Puzzle

Deepak Dhingra gives an exciting update from the recent Lunar Exploration and Analysis Group (LEAG) meeting at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab (JHU-APL) in Baltimore.

Go LADEE!

Listen to or watch the recording of our live celebration for LADEE as the spacecraft blasted off for the moon.

Planetary Radio: Don't Step in That Puddle!

The Planetary Science Institute's Amanda Hendrix is the guest for our July 1 episode. She finds water in the least likely places, including Luna.

LPSC 2011: Day 4: Ted Stryk on icy moons and The Moon

Here are Ted Stryk's notes from the sessions he attended in the afternoon of Thursday, March 10, at the 42nd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

LPSC: Wrapping up Tuesday: The Moon, Mars, Mercury, Vesta, and back to Mars

Well, it's already mid-day on the Friday a week after the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference ended and I'm STILL not done writing up my notes.

LCROSS team: "Yes, we found water!"

I just posted a story on the announcement today that LCROSS definitely found lots of water in the spectra from their October 9 impact.

Video from Palomar Observatory on LCROSS impact night

The Palomar Observatory adaptive optics image of the crater Cabeus remains the best I've seen from ground-based telescopes of the LCROSS impact site.

Graphics from the LCROSS press briefing

It's been a little difficult to get a hold of the graphics that they used at this morning's press briefing.

Gorgeous Kaguya image of Cabeus crater; where to watch impact

I'm back online and ready to watch LCROSS smash into the Moon this morning!

Screen caps of NASA TV LCROSS camera images

I am having issues with TwitPic this morning, so will occasionally post new images from the LCROSS camera to this blog entry.

LCROSS impact recap, with animations

Quite a night! I set my alarm for 3:15 am in order to get up and watch LCROSS crash into the Moon.

Palomar image of crater Cabeus after LCROSS impact

Here's the sharpest optical image shown today of the Moon, from Palomar Observatory.

MMT image of the plume and its shadow?

I am pretty sure this image shows the LCROSS impact plume and its shadow as seen from the MMT observatory in Arizona, but as Alan Boyle just pointed out, the time stamps indicate the photos were all taken before the nominal impact time.

LCROSS visible spectrometer data showing impact flash

This plot just shows the aggregate radiance in ultraviolet and visible wavelengths -- all wavelengths -- seen by one of LCROSS' spectrometers after the Centaur hit the Moon.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner detection of LCROSS impact

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner team just released some preliminary views of their data taken during the LCROSS impact, which clearly shows the thermal signature from the crash into the Moon.

LCROSS: A "morning after" wrapup

So the big drama on LCROSS is over.

LCROSS impact preview

Way early tomorrow morning, LCROSS and its Centaur upper stage will crash into the lunar south pole.

LCROSS Centaur separation and braking burn successful

LCROSS and its Centaur upper stage have separated successfully, and the LCROSS shepherd spacecraft has braked in order to follow behind the Centaur when both impact the Moon tomorrow.

A couple of helpful visualizations of LCROSS impact

The visualization studio at Goddard Space Flight Center has just posted some handy simulations of what we can expect the LCROSS impact to look like.

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