The Athena rocket that will take the Prospector to space!
Click on image for full size
Courtesy of NASA
Lunar Launch on Hold
News story originally written on January 6, 1998
The launch of the Lunar Prospector has been delayed. The spacecraft was suppose to be launched Monday evening aboard the Lockheed Martin Athena 2 rocket. The Air Force Range tracking radar which is needed to track the rocket experienced a pressure leak yesterday that prevented the launch.
NASA is hoping to launch the Prospector tonight at 9:28 p.m. EST. If for some reason launch is delayed once again, Prospector will have to wait until February 4, 1998 when the Earth and Moon return to an ideal alignment that occurs only two days per month.
You might also be interested in:
The first NASA lunar mission in 25 years will be launched soon after the New Year begins. The Lunar Prospector spacecraft will be launched on January 5, 1998. After only a month's travel time to the Moon,...more
It was another exciting and frustrating year for the space science program. It seemed that every step forward led to one backwards. Either way, NASA led the way to a great century of discovery. Unfortunately,...more
The Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Center at 2:19 p.m. EST, October 29th. The sky was clear and the weather was great as Discovery took 8 1/2 minutes to reach orbit for the Unitied...more
A moon was discovered orbiting the asteroid, Eugenia. This is only the second time in history that a satellite has been seen circling an asteroid. A special mirror allowed scientists to find the moon...more
Will Russia ever put the service module for the International Space Station in space? NASA officials are demanding an answer from the Russian government. The necessary service module is currently waiting...more
During a period of about two days in early May, 1998, the ACE spacecraft was immersed in plasma associated with a coronal mass ejection (CME). The SWICS instrument on ACE, which determines unambiguously...more
J.S. Maini of the Canadian Forest Service has referred to forests as the "heart and lungs of the world." Forests reduce soil erosion, maintain water quality, contribute to atmospheric humidity and cloud...more