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A Test of the Flight Team: The Near-Loss and Full Recovery of LCROSS

5 Oct 2009, 00:25 UTC
A Test of the Flight Team: The Near-Loss and Full Recovery of LCROSS
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Early in the second half of our second Earth orbit, while out of DSN contact, LCROSS experienced an anomaly that caused it to consume a large amount of its propellant. We spent the remainder of our second orbit recovering from that anomaly, and protecting against any future excessive propellant usage. LCROSS emerged healthy, but with very little margin for error in the final orbit before lunar impact.

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