To the Moon!
News story originally written on December 9, 1997
The Lunar Prospector will be launched on January 5, 1998. The spacecraft will orbit the Moon, but won't land.
The Prospector's mission will be an exciting one. The main goal of the Prospector is to make a complete map of the Moon's surface. Scientists are also excited to find out if there is frozen water buried on the Moon. If there is, a human base on the Moon will be much easier to build (humans could use that water instead of transporting it from the Earth to the Moon).
The Prospector's mission is expected to last one year. The craft is over 4 feet tall and is shaped like a big drum! Is the Prospector taller than you?
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