Lunar Prospector / Athena-2

Lockheed Martin Corporation launched an Athena-2 launch vehicle on 6 January 1998 at 9:28 p.m. EST. The Athena-2 was launched from Spaceport Florida, Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida. This was the first launch of the Athena-2 vehicle, and the first launch from a commercial launch site. The Athena-2 carried the Lunar Prospector to low earth orbit. The Trans-Lunar Injection stage transported the Lunar Prospector from low earth orbit to a trajectory toward the moon. The Lunar Prospector, a NASA payload, is designed for a low-polar orbit investigation of the Moon, including mapping of surface composition and possible polar ice deposits, measurements of magnetic and gravity fields, and study of lunar outgassing events.

Historical Launch Data