Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tonight's Sky for January 6: Lunar Prospector Launched (1998)


It was on this date in 1998 that NASA launched its Lunar Prospector space probe. Costing just $62 million, the Lunar Prospector was inserted into a low polar orbit on a mission that would eventually last 19 months. The goals of the mission: look for water ice and study the composition of the lunar surface. By the time the mission ended on July 31, 1999, it greatly expanded our understanding of what was on the lunar surface and where it was located.

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