Detail View: NASA Kennedy Center Media Archive Collection: NASA?s Lunar Prospector is readied for launch as its gantry-like service tower is rolled back at Cape Canaveral Air Station?s Launch Complex 46. 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. The launch of Lunar Prospector is scheduled for Jan. 5, 1998 at 8:31 p.m. EST

Description: 
NASA?s Lunar Prospector is readied for launch as its gantry-like service tower is rolled back at Cape Canaveral Air Station?s Launch Complex 46. 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. The launch of Lunar Prospector is scheduled for Jan. 5, 1998 at 8:31 p.m. EST
Release Date: 
01/05/1998
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: 
01-05-1998
facet_when_year: 
1998
Photo Number: 
KSC-98PC-LP0017
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SPD-KSCMA-KSC-98PC-LP0017
original url: 
http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/detail.cfm?mediaid=2599