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
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
In addition, LRO has provided some of the first
images of leftover Apollo equipment on the Moon.
Reminder: email links to visitors
LAMP Telecon Materials (Jan. 10,
LRO - Main
LRO - GSFC
LRO - Solar System Explorer
LRO - Images
LAMP - NASA
LAMP - official
Home at NASA Ames
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Related Lunar Movies_________
Evolution of the Moon - Learn how the moon evolved
from its early state to how it looks today!
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.
Solar System Simulator
Eyes on the Universe -
Map a Planet - USGS