Prospector is a NASA Discovery Mission. This new kind of mission places
an emphasis on science and "Faster, Better, Cheaper" mission
design and development. Lunar Prospector exemplifies these goals. It is
a small, spin-stabilized craft that uses flight-qualified, modern technologies
and instrumentation to ensure results and minimize risk. The design is
simple: a small, graphite-epoxy drum (1.4m x 1.2m) with surface mounted
solar cells and three 2.5m masts which carry the instruments and isolate
them from the bus. Learn more about the Lunar Prospector mission from
the following sections:
Project Overview gives a breif desciption
of what Lunar Prospector is and what it's goals are.
Lunar Prospector Here you can find
general information about the actual Lunar Prospector spacecraft. This
section contains two virtual reality animations, allowing you to view
the spacecraft from various angles.
Launch Vehicle Learn about the vehicles
that allowed the Lunar Prospector to get into orbit and on to the moon.
Mission Control See the layout and get
general information about Luanr Prospector's Mission Control.
FAQ Have questions about the Lunar
Prospector mission or the moon? If so then this is where you will find
the answers to many questions about the spacecraft, the instruments, the
mission and the moon.
Ames Research Center Learn more about the
center where much of the research for Lunar Prospector was done.
Discovery Program Lunar Prospector
is one mission of a series known as the Discovery Program. Based on the
motto ,"Faster, Better, Cheaper," this program will explore the moon Mars
Further Reading Get more information
about the topics discussed in this section.