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LCROSS - Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite

December 8, 2020. LCROSS Earth-based PDS4 Archives

The LCROSS earth-based archives at the Geosciences Node have been migrated to the PDS4 standard.

October 16, 2020. LCROSS Spacecraft PDS4 Archives

LCROSS spacecraft archives at the Geosciences Node have been migrated to the PDS4 standard. This includes raw and calibrated data for all instruments.

The original PDS3 data products, labels, and documentation remain available in their original archive volumes. The only change is that PDS4 labels and documentation have been added to the archives. The original data files are unchanged.

LCROSS was launched as a secondary payload with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on June 18, 2009. After LRO separated to perform its mission, LCROSS used the spent Atlas upper stage, called the Centaur, to impact the moon while LCROSS instruments observed the resulting ejecta cloud. The LCROSS shepherding spacecraft then became an impactor itself. Many Earth-based telescopes observed both impacts on October 9, 2009.

LCROSS archives in PDS include data from the LCROSS instruments and from selected Earth-based observations sponsored by the LCROSS Project. 

LCROSS Mission Description

Geosciences Node Tools

LCROSS Analyst's Notebook 
The Notebook is a convenient way to browse, display and download  LCROSS spacecraft  data. Similar capabilities for Earth-based data sets will soon be added.

Instruments and Archives

Spacecraft Instruments
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PDS Archives
LCROSS Spacecraft
MIR-1, MIR-2 (Mid-Infrared Cameras 1 and 2)
NIR-1, NIR-2 (Near-Infrared Cameras 1 and 2)
NSP-1, NSP-2 (Near-Infrared Spectrometers 1 and 2)
TLP (Total Luminance Photometer)
VIS (Visible Camera)
VSP (Visible Spectrometer)
LCROSS Spacecraft Archives (all instruments), raw and calibrated data

LCROSS Data Product Software Interface Specification, primary documentation for the spacecraft-based archives
Earth-based Facilities
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PDS Archives
Apache Point Observatory, NM
ARC 3.5m telescope
Agile Imager
Agile raw data
Magdalena Ridge Observatory, NM
2.4m telescope
PHOTDOC raw data
PHOTGJON raw data
MMT Observatory, AZ
6.5m telescope
CCD47 and CLIO cameras
CCD47 raw data
CLIO raw data
CLIO calibrated data


Locating the LCROSS Impact Craters
William Marshall, Mark Shirley, Zachary Moratto, Anthony Colaprete and Gregory Neumann, et al. (2011), Space Science Reviews, doi:10.1007/s11214-011-9765-0

LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite) Observation Campaign: Strategies, Implementation, and Lessons Learned
Jennifer L. Heldmann, Anthony Colaprete, Diane H. Wooden, Robert F. Ackermann and David D. Acton, et al. (2011), Space Science Reviews, doi:10.1007/s11214-011-9759-y

The Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Payload Development and Performance in Flight
Kimberly Ennico, Mark Shirley, Anthony Colaprete and Leonid Osetinsky (2011), Space Science Reviews, doi:10.1007/s11214-011-9753-4


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