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Prospector Reaches the Moon
News story originally written on January 21, 1998

The Lunar Prospector has reached the Moon. The Prospector is in the correct orbit now so it can start mapping the Moon's surface.

The current spacecraft status is healthy, with all instruments on. Communication with Prospector is stable.


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