Planets and Moons  ID: 10445

LRO Enters Lunar Orbit (Highlights)

After a four and a half day journey from the Earth, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, successfully entered orbit around the moon. Engineers at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., confirmed the spacecraft's lunar orbit insertion at 6:27 a.m. EDT Tuesday, June 23, 2009.

During transit to the moon, engineers performed a mid-course correction to get the spacecraft in the proper position to reach its lunar destination. Since the moon is always moving, the spacecraft shot for a target point ahead of the moon. When close to the moon, LRO used its rocket motor to slow down until the gravity of the moon caught the spacecraft in lunar orbit.

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Stefanie Misztal (UMBC): Video Editor
Cathy Peddie (NASA/GSFC): Interviewee
James Garvin (NASA/GSFC): Interviewee
Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Laura Motel (UMBC): Producer
Wade Sisler (NASA/GSFC): Producer
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center