Detail View: NASA Kennedy Center Media Archive Collection: KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - NASA's Lunar Prospector spacecraft launched successfully on its way to the Moon from Launch Complex 46 (LC46) at Cape Canaveral Air Station on Jan. 6 at 9:38 p.m. EST. It was the inaugural launch of Lockheed Martin's Athena II launch vehicle and the first launch from LC46, operated by Spaceport Florida Authority. Lunar Prospector, built for the NASA Ames Research Center by Lockheed Martin, is a spin-stabilized spacecraft designed to provide NASA with the first global maps of the Moon's surface and its gravitational magnetic fields, as well as look for the possible presence of ice near the lunar poles. It will orbit the Moon at an altitude of approximately 63 miles during a one-year mission.

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - NASA's Lunar Prospector spacecraft launched successfully on its way to the Moon from Launch Complex 46 (LC46) at Cape Canaveral Air Station on Jan. 6 at 9:38 p.m. EST. It was the inaugural launch of Lockheed Martin's Athena II launch vehicle and the first launch from LC46, operated by Spaceport Florida Authority. Lunar Prospector, built for the NASA Ames Research Center by Lockheed Martin, is a spin-stabilized spacecraft designed to provide NASA with the first global maps of the Moon's surface and its gravitational magnetic fields, as well as look for the possible presence of ice near the lunar poles. It will orbit the Moon at an altitude of approximately 63 miles during a one-year mission.
Release Date: 
01/06/1998
Photo Credit: 
NASA or National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Release: 
National Aeronautics and Space Administration John F. Kennedy Space Center Kennedy Space Center, Florida 32899
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Lunar Prospector
facet_where: 
Ames Research Center (ARC)
facet_when: 
01-06-1998
facet_when_year: 
1998
Photo Number: 
KSC-98PC-107
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SPD-KSCMA-KSC-98PC-107
original url: 
http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/detail.cfm?mediaid=22014