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Guide to the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) Project Collection, 2007-2010
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Series Description


I Outreach and Educational Material for Public Release

Physical Description: (16 folders of textual materials and 990 digital items totaling approximately 39.5 gigabytes.)

Scope and Content Note

This series contains records cleared for public release that were accumulated by Project Control Manager Stephan Ord. The bulk of this series is electronic ("born digital"), as submitted, and falls into ten categories, representing the top-level file directory structure.
  • - The Booklets and Fact Sheets categories include informational material about the mission, spacecraft, launch architecture, and the moon that was generated for the general public by NASA, Northrop Grumman, and United Launch Alliance. This part of the collection consists of a twenty-page informational booklet along with single-page handouts.
  • - The Images category contains photographic material and illustrations generated by the Public Affairs Office. This part of the collection consists of directories holding sets of individual image files, with most sets grouped into a PowerPoint presentation. Subjects represented include the mission teams; the spacecraft, launch architecture and instrument components; teams assembling the spacecraft in clean rooms; transportation of the spacecraft to Cape Canaveral; preparation for and execution of the launch; the project team in the mission operations control room at NASA Ames; and mission staff, Ames employees, and the public working and reveling on the night LCROSS impacted the moon.
  • - The Kids' Stuff category is comprised of material designed to appeal to children. This part of the collection consists of an LCROSS coloring book, a video game, and a punch-out-and-fold paper model kit.
  • - The Papers category contains documents related to technical papers delivered before and after the mission. Topics include mission project management, transportation and use of a Centaur rocket in space, communications, flight operations, flight team development, ground system development, trajectory design and orbit determination, and mission design. Authors include Richard Alena, Daniel Andrews, Robert Barber, John Bresina, Anthony Colaprete, D. Steven Cooley, Dean Dailey, Eric Drucker, Howard Eller, Darin Foreman, Brian Kennedy, Amy Lo, Louie T. Luzod, Tim McElrath, Bernard Morgowicz, James Munger, Matthew D'Ortenzio, Khaled (Ken) Galal, Rusty Hunt, Scott Sawyer, Mark Shirley, James Strong, Paul Tompkins, Nho Vo, and James Wehner. The bulk of the material is technical papers and associated PowerPoint presentations prepared for American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics technical conferences in 2010.
  • - The Posters category contains two posters produced by NASA, one featuring LCROSS and the other featuring both LCROSS and LRO.
  • - The Presentations category contains a few mission briefings and overviews dated from 2007-2010, and NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden's remarks at the 2009 Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • - The Statements and Articles category includes NASA and Northrop Grumman news releases, and article content for Space Times and Aerospace Now dated from 2008-2010.
  • - The Videos and Music category contains video footage, computer-generated animations, and television coverage describing or depicting the mission, including programs produced by NASA, Northrop Grumman, the Public Broadcasting Service of the United States (NOVA, Science Channel) and Northern California (KQED Quest), CBS News (60 Minutes), and the British Broadcasting Corporation. Of note are the music and video files of the LCROSS theme song entitled "Water on the Moon," which was composed and performed by Deputy Project Manager, John Marmie.
Document and still image formats: Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX), Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX), Portable Document Format (PDF), Portable Network Graphics (PNG) Stereolithography (STL), Tagged Image File Format (TIFF), Extensible Markup Language (XML).
Audio and video formats: Audio Video Interleave (AVI), Backup (BUP), Flash Video (FLV), Information (IFO), Motion Picture Editors Guild Video (MPEG-4, M4V, MPG), QuickTime Movie (QT, MOV), Unix Executable, USR, VirtualDub Video Filter (VDF), DVD Video Object (VOB), Windows Wave audio (WAV), Windows Media Audio (WMA), Windows Media Video (WMV).

II Social Media Campaign Records

Physical Description: (8 folders of textual materials and 66 digital items totaling approximately 32 megabytes.)

Scope and Content Note

This series contains records accumulated by Payload Scientist Kimberly Ennico Smith. The bulk of this series is in electronic form ("born digital"), as submitted. The records here mainly document the LCROSS mission's experimentation with social media outreach on Twitter and Facebook, from spring 2008 until a few months after the mission ended in October 2009. Contents include project and statistical reports about LCROSS social media efforts, screen captures of Facebook and Twitter postings by the LCROSS team, Facebook fan comments, and Twitter posts, or "tweets."
Formats: Microsoft Word 1997 and 2008 (DOC, DOCX), Portable Document Format (PDF), Plain Text Document (TXT), Joint Photographic Experts Group image (JPEG), Portable Network Graphics (PNG).

III Awards, Memorabilia, and Ephemera

Physical Description: (14 folders, artifacts).

Scope and Content Note

This series contains artifacts and oversized materials accumulated by Project Manager Daniel Andrews, Mission Design Lead Khaled (Ken) F. Galal, and Project Systems Engineer Robert D. Barber. Included is an assortment of LCROSS memorabilia, ephemera, oversized material, and awards. These last were bestowed on the team by NASA, The National Space Society, Popular Mechanics Magazine, and the Space Foundation. Ephemeral material includes mission decals, informational cards, a bookmark, and other items, such as a clear plastic water bottle with "LCROSS/Northrop Grumman" and "Got Water?" printed on the sides. Memorabilia include mission patches and pins, and a bottle of "Craterade" LCROSS Impact Ale, one of a few select batches of LCROSS beer brewed by Contracting Officer Jeffrey S. Brown. Of note is a copy of a bound, softcover book entitled "LCROSS Memories," compiled by Project Manager Daniel Andrews and distributed to the team. The "memory book," as it's called, is a scrapbook that tells the story of the LCROSS mission and provides an intimate glimpse into the people who worked on it. Inside are copies of official documents such as memos and other correspondence, organization charts, schedules, presentations, overviews, and professional photographs, as well as unofficial material such as snapshots of team members with their families and quotations of different messages posted on the whiteboard during the project. Oversized material in this series is comprised of two banners signed by the team and their families, a project team photograph, and posters featuring the LCROSS spacecraft, scientific operations, and the launch vehicle.

IV Miscellaneous Material Accumulated by LCROSS Team Members

Physical Description: (7 folders of textual materials and 89 digital items totaling approximately 1.4 gigabytes).

Scope and Content Note

This series contains miscellaneous material related to LCROSS that was accumulated by various team members from NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and Northrop Grumman. Included are a launch console handbook, snapshots and mission images that individuals thought were memorable, screen shots of Northrop Grumman Lead Flight Software Engineer Emory Stagmer's Facebook album entitled "LCROSS launch campaign and on-going operations," and video footage of two Spacevidcast shows featuring LCROSS.
Formats: Flash Video (FLV), Motion Picture Editors Guild Video (MPEG-4, M4V, MPG), QuickTime Movie (QT, MOV), Graphics Interchange Format (GIF), Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), and Portable Network Graphics (PNG).

Container List


I. Outreach and Educational Material for Public Release

Box 1, Folder 1
Box 1, Folder 2

Booklets, Analog

Box 1, Folder 3
Box 1, Folder 4

Fact Sheets, Analog

Box 1, Folder 5
Box 1, Folder 6
Box 1, Folder 7

Kids' Stuff, Analog

Box 1, Folder 9

Mission Data and Tools, Analog

Box 1, Folder 10
Box 1, Folder 11

Papers, Analog

Box 1, Folder 12
Box 1, Folder 13
Box 1, Folder 14

Presentations, Analog


II. Social Media Campaign Records

Box 1, Folder 18

LCROSS: Twitter, Facebook, Analog

Box 1, Folder 20

Facebook, the Morning After, Analog

Box 1, Folder 22

Reactions to Final Tweet, Analog

Box 1, Folder 23
Box 1, Folder 24

Swingby, Analog


III. Awards, Memorabilia, and Ephemera

Box 1, Folder 25

NASA Ames Honor Award to the LCROSS Project Team, 2009

Box 1, Folder 26

NASA Group Achievement Award to the LCROSS Project Team, 2009

Box 1, Folder 27

NASA Group Achievement Award to the LCROSS Navigation and Trajectory Design Team, 2010

Box 1, Folder 28

NASA Systems Engineering Excellence Award, 2010

Box 1, Folder 29

National Space Society Space Pioneer Award for Science and Engineering, 2010

Box 1, Folder 30

Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award, 2010

Box 1, Folder 31

Space Foundation John L. "Jack" Swigert Jr. Award for Space Exploration, 2010

Box 1, Folder 32

Book, "LCROSS Memories"

Box 1, Folder 33

"Craterade" LCROSS Impact Ale

Box 1, Folder 34


Box 1, Folder 35

"Git-R-Done" Baseball Cap

Box 1, Folder 36

Mission Patches and Pins

Box 1, Folder 37

Oversized Material, LCROSS Posters, Banners, and Team Photograph

Box 1, Folder 38

Rocket Pinata


IV. Miscellaneous Material Accumulated by LCROSS Team Members

Box 1, Folder 41

Mission-related Snapshots, Images, and Personal Facebook Pages, Analog

Box 2, Folder 1

LRO/LCROSS Launch Console Handbook (1 of 3)*

Box 2, Folder 2

LRO/LCROSS Launch Console Handbook (2 of 3)*

Box 2, Folder 3

LRO/LCROSS Launch Console Handbook (3 of 3)*


(*Export-controlled and proprietary information.)