Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)

LRO_2006.jpg MISSION SUMMARY
Mission: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
Mission type: Orbiter
Launch date: June 18, 2009
Launch vehicle: Atlas V
Launch site: Cape Canaveral
Mission duration: 1 year planned; 5 yr extended
Status: Active
Overview: LRO is a large (1,900 kg) spacecraft flying in a lunar polar orbit. Areas of investigation will include:
--Selenodetic global topography.
--Characterization of deep space radiation in lunar orbit.
--The lunar polar regions, including possible water ice deposits and the lighting environment. The lunar polar regions experience temperatures of −223 °C (−369.4 °F) and may be able to hold water ice.
--High-resolution mapping (max 0.5 metres (1.6 ft)) to assist in the selection and characterization of future landing sites.
In addition, LRO has provided some of the first images of leftover Apollo equipment on the Moon.

WEB RESOURCES
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LAMP Telecon Materials (Jan. 10, 2012)
LRO_Telecon_audio.mp3
LRO_Telecon_transrcipt.doc
LRO_Telecon_slideshow.pdf

NASA/JPL Links
LRO - Main
LRO - GSFC
LRO - Solar System Explorer

LRO - Images

Wikipedia Links
LRO

Other Links
LAMP - NASA
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CRaTER Instrument Home
Diviner Instrument Home
LROC Instrument Home
LCROSS Home at NASA Ames

NASA Missions

NASA Solar System

MULTIMEDIA
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IMAGES______________________

LRO-launch.jpg LRO launch

LRO_payload.jpg LRO onboard instruments

LROtopography.jpg LOLA topography data

MOVIES ___________________

Related Lunar Movies_________

MoonEvolution-tn.jpg Evolution of the Moon - Learn how the moon evolved from its early state to how it looks today!

MoonTour-tn.jpg Tour of the Moon - Although the moon has remained largely unchanged during human history, LRO imaged new and unprecedented views of its surface, along with new insight into how it and other rocky planets in our solar system came to look the way they do.

INTERACTIVES______________

SS-simulator.jpg Solar System Simulator - JPL

logo-eotss-main.png Eyes on the Universe - JPL

MapAPlanet-banner.jpg Map a Planet - USGS

Documents and PowerPoints
Lunar_Reconnaissance_Orbiter.ppt

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