NASA to Release LCROSS and LRO Results on Thursday

The plume created by the LCROSS impact on the moon on Oct. 9. (Credit: NASA)

WASHINGTON — NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 21, to discuss additional findings from NASA’s Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, and NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, missions.

The results will be featured in six papers published in the Oct. 22 issue of the journal Science. The journal’s embargo on these results will be lifted at the start of the telecon. The briefing will focus on the data from:

  • The Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment which measures surface and subsurface temperatures from orbit.
  • The Lyman Alpha Mapping Project which is mapping the entire lunar surface in the far ultraviolet spectrum.
  • The Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector which creates high-resolution maps of hydrogen distribution and gathers information about the neutron component of the lunar radiation environment.

The panelists are:

  • Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
  • Anthony Colaprete, LCROSS project scientist and principal investigator, NASA’s Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
  • David Paige, Diviner instrument principal investigator, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • Igor Mitrofanov, Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector principal investigator, Institute for Space Research, Moscow
  • Peter Schultz, professor of geological sciences, Brown University, Providence, R.I. and LCROSS science team member
  • Paul Hayne, graduate student at UCLA and Diviner team member
  • Randy Gladstone, Lyman–Alpha Mapping Project deputy principal investigator, Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio
  • Richard Vondrak, LRO project scientist, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

To participate in the teleconference, reporters should contact Michael Braukus at [email protected] or at 202-358-1979. Requests must include media affiliation and telephone number. To view supporting information available at the start of the teleconference, visit:

Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at: