LCROSS – Impact

Images and Events of the final hour of the LCROSS mission.

3:42 – I MB data rate has been confirmed

3:43 – First Image from LCROSS Shepherding Spacecraft

3:48 – All Payload Instruments are Operating Nominally

3:59 – 3500 MPH at 3400 Miles from the Moon

4:23 – Poll of All Systems Ready for Observing Impact

4:31 – Impact of Centaur Stage

4:35 Impact of LCROSS Shepherding Spacecraft

A possible impact image in the infrared can be seen at the forum at NasaSpaceFlight.com.

Centaur After Separation

Centaur after Separation #1 with Low Data Rate Transmission

Centaur after Separation

Centaur after Separation #2 with Low Data Rate Transmission

First Image of Moon

First Image of Moon after High Data Rate Enabled

Image 2

Lunar Image

10 Minutes
10 Minutes Before Impact
Aim Point

Aim Point at Cursor Arrow

4 Minutes Infrared

4 Minutes Infrared Image

1 Minute Flash Mode

1 Minute – Transition to Flash Mode

30 Seconds30 Seconds 30 Seconds Infrared30 Seconds Infrared
15 Seconds Infrared15 Seconds Infrared 10 Seconds10 Seconds – Small Crater Visible at Top
LOSLoss of Signal It will be several days before the data has been calibrated and results begin to be released.

Credit: Screen Shots of NASA TV Images

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