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Lunar Prospector: Against All Odds
[ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Epilogue | Appendices ]
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+ Figures 4-1 through 4-6

Figure 4-1, in Chapter 4-1: Ignition - 6:28:43 PM PST on January 6, 1998 (Lockheed Martin photograph)! View image

Figure 4-2, in Chapter 4-1: Liftoff (Lockheed Martin photograph)! View image

Figure 4-3, in Chapter 4-1: The blazing trail to the Moon (Lockheed Martin photograph). View image

Figure 4-4, in Chapter 4-2: This NASA artist’s composite image shows the Lunar Prospector Spacecraft, with science instrument boom’s deployed, nearing its goal - the Moon. View image

Figure 4-5, in Chapter 4-6: Some of the members of the original Lunar Exploration Inc. Team and Bill Feldman at the celebration dinner given by the author on March 18, 1998 at Laundry’s in Kemah, TX. From left to right, Bill Feldman, Mike Matthews, the author, Rick Corbell, Larry Spratlin, Andre Sylvester, Graham O’Neil and Brian Cox (LRI photograph). View image

Figure 4-6, in Chapter 4-6: The attendees along with their better halves at the celebration dinner given by the author on March 18, 1998 at Laundry’s in Kemah, TX. The author’s better half, Rebecca, is standing in the middle of the front row wearing the red jacket (LRI photograph). View image


+ Figures 4-7 through 4-11

Figure 4-7, in Chapter 4-11: The author sitting inside the Mission Ops Glass Room at his Mission Director’s console exactly 325 days, 18 hours, 28 minutes and 15 seconds after spacecraft turn-on (note the red Mission Elapse Time clock numbers in the background, outside the Glass Room, and just above my head), checking the spacecraft’s engineering data at 10:03 PM PDT. My wife, Rebecca, and I had stopped at Mission Ops on the way home after a weekend vacation at Point Reyes, CA, so I could check on the health of my beloved spacecraft (LRI photograph). View image

Figure 4-8, in Chapter 4-11: Shortly after Rebecca had taken the photograph in Figure 4-7, I was ready to leave Mission Ops and Rebecca took this photograph of a very, very tired Mission Director, as I turned away from my console. Despite the restful weekend vacation at Point Reyes, one can easily see in my face the deep fatigue that I felt, caused by the intense Mission Operations activities during the previous 11 months and the nearly constant battles that I had fought with both Lockheed and NASA to keep the program on track during the mission and during the more than three year period between the start of the proposal effort in the fall of 1994 and launch in January 1998. View image

Figure 4-9, in Chapter 4-17: Just before the End-of-Mission commanding session started in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 31, 1999, Mission Controller, Cathy Culver (standing right), the author (sitting at my Mission Director’s console) and Dynamics Officer, Dan Swanson (standing left) and an unidentified Mission Controller (seated in front of Dan), are photographed (from outside the Glass room), while laughing about some remark as we were preparing for the mission’s last commanding session. Other Mission Ops personnel and visitors watch our activities from outside the Mission Ops Glass Room (LRI photograph). View image

Figure 4-10, in Chapter 4-17: Seated at our consoles inside the Glass Room (photographed from outside the Glass Room), the during the commanding of the final, Kamikaze burn, from right to left are Dynamics Officer, Dan Swanson, the author and Mission Director, and Senior Uplink Controller, Paul Travis. Other Mission Ops personnel and visitors watch our activities from outside the Mission Ops Glass Room (LRI photograph). View image

Figure 4-11, in Chapter 4-17: Several members of the Lunar Prospector Mission Operations crew photographed after the end of the mission, standing behind the seated author and Mission Director. From right to left: David Lozier (Ames Navigation Team member), Dan Swanson (Dynamics officer), Ken Galal (Ames Navigation Team member), Paul Travis (Senior Uplink Controller), John Kohli (Mission Controller) and Howard Wilkinson (LRI photograph). View image

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