NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is Good to Go

NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Is Ready for Its April Launch, but Will It Help the U.S. Return to the Moon?
Popular Mechanics

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is a go. NASA engineers subjected the spacecraft to hot, cold vibrations and electromagnetic radiation during vacuum testing at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. After a few slight changes to its radiators to even out the temperature, the LRO passed with flying colors, says Goddard engineer Dave Everett, paving the way to its launch aboard an Atlas V rocket in about four months. The orbiter is more than just another satellite looking at moon rocks—this mission is one of the first steps in NASA’s mission to return humans to the moon, and use the moon as a springboard to reach beyond.