At 8:50 p.m. CDT on October 8, LCROSS separated from its Centaur. Sensors on three break wires confirmed a successful separation.
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After separation, LCROSS completed a 180 degree flip maneuver and powered up its science payload to watch the Centaur recede (pictured above). The mission operations team then commanded a breaking burn, creating a separation distance of about 370 miles (600 km) from the Centaur, determined to be the optimal distance to view the Centaur on the surface of the Moon.
The Centaur will impact the floor of Cabeus crater at 6:31:19 a.m. Flying four minutes behind, collecting and transmitting data, LCROSS will impact the surface at approximately 6:35:45 a.m.