NASA kicked off it’s long awaited plans to return to the moon with the launch of LCROSS and LRO. While LCROSS is doomed to crash into the moon and give us some insight into the possibility of water being found in the bottom of south pole craters, LRO is settling in for a 1-year mapping exercise. Yesterday, the LRO team shared the first pics from the orbiter. Awesome! I need to start saving up for my first visit for when they get the Lunar Westin ready.
Kayuga completed it’s mission and as planned crashed into the moon last week. JAXA released the HD video of its demise onto their YouTube channel. Wow! LCROSS is many times more massive than Kayuga, so the fireworks will be impressive. But LCROSS does not have an HD camera aboard. Someone should turn this into a 3D video.
Repost from my GeekDad article: