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How LCROSS Nearly Double-Crossed Itself

Fresh on the heels of the Lunar Prospector and Clementine missions, which discovered sizable water ice in portions of the lunar surface, came a rather creative idea to make more measurements with a two-for-one spacecraft launch. 928 more words

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Lunar farside


Click to enlargeNASA/GSFC/ASU/Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Tidally locked in synchronous rotation, the Moon always presents its familiar nearside to denizens of planet Earth. From lunar orbit, the Moon’s farside can become familiar, though.

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