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six selected investigations and principal investigators (PI)
for the LRO are:
Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA):
Determines the global topography of the lunar surface at high
measure landing site slopes and search for polar ices in shadowed
David Smith, NASA Goddard
Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC):
Acquires targeted images of the lunar surface capable of resolving
features that could be landing site hazards, as well as wide-angle
multiple wavelengths of the lunar poles to document changing
conditions and potential resources. PI, Mark Robinson, Northwestern
Exploration Neutron Detector (LEND):
Maps the flux of neutrons from the lunar surface to search for evidence
water ice and provide measurements of the space radiation environment
be useful for future human exploration. PI, Igor Mitrofanov, Institute
Space Research, and Federal Space Agency, Moscow.
Lunar Radiometer Experiment:
Charts the temperature of the entire lunar surface at roughly 985 feet
meter) horizontal scales to identify cold-traps and potential ice
David Paige, University of California,
Mapping Project (LAMP):
Observes the entire lunar surface in the far ultraviolet. LAMP will
surface ices and frosts in the polar regions
images of permanently shadowed regions illuminated only by starlight.
Stern, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder,
Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER):
Investigates the effect of galactic cosmic rays on tissue-equivalent
as a constraint on models of biological response to background space
PI, Harlan Spence, Boston
provided by these selected measurement
investigations will be the payload of the mission scheduled to launch
Lander 3D (EL3D) is an authentic simulation of the Apollo lunar landings
Below are some pix from my most recent visit [March 2004] to KSC.
We went in during second shift to OPF #3 to see
[and take digi-pix of]
(OV-103 is "Orbital Vehicle - 103" aka Shuttle
Discovery, the one to RETURN TO FLIGHT on STS-114;
and then OPF #2 to see
OV-105 is Shuttle Endeavour, the youngest of the
fleet, the one built from spare parts after Challenger
happened in Jan 1986)
(I never saw the wings' carbon-carbon "leading edges"
removed like that)
(I never saw the cargo bay doors stripped down like that)
"To stumble twice against the same stone is a proverbial disgrace."
Our team worked closely and directly with the Crew of Columbia,
have been working nearly around the clock
since sat Feb. 01, 2003 at about 9:16am EST when the contingency/data
preservation was called for.
addition to having to generate the list of
all our FREESTAR payload’s part numbers and serial numbers associated
them, I am now also in charge of gathering all the data related to the
payload's development, test, integration and ops throughout the mission.
exhausted here. No schedule for this Shuttle Investigation work, its
Our group is getting some calls from the field, literally, "...got this
piece of debris with this number on it, is it yours Goddard?"
got my tears out about knowing them, then losing them early on in the
REAL TIME. I was watching live on NASA
TV sat a.m. at home. I was marveling to myself as COLUMBIA streaked
California coast on the descent trajectory ground trace about how
amazing it is
that this vehicle screams across the USA in minutes at Mach 20+ to land
ft of runway at 200+ mph.
began to get apprehensive after Columbia’s vocal response, over
Nevada, after the plasma blackout, was very terse, as though the
were very busy dealing with a situation.
the time they were over Dallas and weren’t responding to the multiple
polls just after nine a.m., I could feel the Disaster unfolding in my
real time, just as I did with Challenger so much earlier in my
Mission Control switched to Line Of Sight UHF comm[unication] frequency
[because Columbia still didn't answer polls to her and the plasma
long gone], I knew it then...when I switched on CNN from NASA TV after
a data preservation contingency called for by Mission Control, I headed
straight in to work, pretty much haven’t left since...
of the damage we have seen points to failure modes involving loads due
accelerations of ~60g's; a horribly violent event.
March 05, 2001:
pix of Columbia on her last return to
KSC (in tact) as prep for the STS-107 flight:
[More pix of Columbia (and me) as she was a little
farther along in her STS-107 prep process in May 2001 are below].
Dateline May 2001
More space-related links:
Park Service “Man in Space”
American's "birds and the bee's"
in Space article
living and working on board the Space Shuttle
and Space Tourism
Velocity and Period Calculator
Virtual Reality views
Spacecraft and Facilities
Space Awareness Alliance
experimenter’s] Hot List
From NASA Glenn RC:
From NASA Headquarters:
NASA OSF Space
Scientific and Engineering Links:
Science in the Headlines
NASA's Space Science News
How Stuff Works
a Space Shuttle Glider
Books about Space I enjoyed:
of Attack - The Race to the Moon
The Story of Apollo 8: The First Manned Flight to Another World
"Fundamentals of Astrodynamics"
Roger Bate, Donald Mueller, Jerry White
1971, Dover Press, 455pp (paperback). ISBN 0-486-60061-0
Music I would take into Space:
Dark Side of the Moon 'P-F'-flyer
2000 Light Years From Home - Rolling Stones
Third Stone from the Sun - Jimi Hendrix