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21. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner maps geologic context of Chang'e 3 landing site

(Web Page; Fri May 18 14:31:00 CDT 2018)

It's been a quiet couple of weeks on the Chang'e 3 mission, as the Moon's slow rotation takes it through a two-week-long lunar night. Sunrise will come to the landing site on Friday at about 5:30 UT, but I imagine that cold, sleeping spa...

Description: The LRO Diviner Lunar Radiometer has been mapping the entire Moon on a nearly continuous basis since July, 2009. The Diviner team has produced maps of the thermal behavior and and a range of derived quantities at Chang’e 3 landing site that are described in this post.

22. NASA re-creates the Apollo 8 Earthrise using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data

(Web Page; Fri Dec 20 14:20:00 CST 2013)

If there's one thing I've learned after decades of studying the first human voyages to another world, it's that there is always more to discover about Apollo. Case in point: The Apollo 8 Earthrise photo that became one of the iconic imag...

Description: If there's one thing I've learned after decades of studying the first human voyages to another world, it's that there is always more to discover about Apollo. Case in point: The Apollo 8 Earthrise photo that became one of the iconic images of the 20th century.

23. Interpreting a crater on the Moon

(Web Page; Thu Feb 11 12:01:00 CST 2016)

The images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera or LROC are absolutely stunning. The instrument team does their best to make the images accessible online through the neat Zoomify tool, but unless you have the world's largest moni...

Description: The images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera or LROC are absolutely stunning.

24. LROC images sites of the Apollo landings

(Web Page; Wed Jul 03 12:02:00 CDT 2019)

by Zibi Turtle Apollo 14 Landing Site unar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) image of the Apollo 14 landing site, showing the lunar module (LM) and the Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package (ALSEP), instruments which were depl...

Description: High-resolution orbital photography of the Apollo landing sites from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera.

25. LROC spots Russian "monument" to International Women's Day

(Web Page; Mon Oct 19 12:44:00 CDT 2015)

There was a piece of the Lunar-Reconnaissance-Orbiter-spots-the-Lunokhods story that I was intrigued by but just didn't have the time this week to investigate properly. So I sent a note about it to Nancy Atkinson in the hopes that she'd ...

Description: There was a piece of the Lunar-Reconnaissance-Orbiter-spots-the-Lunokhods story that I was intrigued by but just didn't have the time this week to investigate properly.

26. 3D view of an unnamed lunar crater

(Web Page; Sun Mar 01 16:40:00 CST 2015)

Got a pair of red-blue 3D glasses handy? I don't post 3D images that often because I know many of you don't, but this one was too good to pass up. Nathanial Burton-Bradford, an amateur image processor, noticed the other day that the Lun...

Description: Grab your red-blue 3D glasses and dive in to this small but spectacular unnamed lunar crater as seen in a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter photo.

27. Fly me to the Moon...

(Web Page; Fri Feb 22 16:57:00 CST 2013)

First off, hi again everyone! It's a great pleasure to be asked once again to help fill in for Sanaya and Anahita Lakdawalla's mom Emily on The Planetary Society's Weblog this week. I'm constantly amazed by how many people tell me that t...

Description: Jim Bell describes his proposal to join the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras science team.

28. What's the significance of this unremarkable spot on the Moon?

(Web Page; Tue Jul 28 06:42:00 CDT 2015)

This was a fun image released by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera science team. Take a look at it and see if you can figure out what the significance of the red arrow is. I'll give you a hint: it doesn't have anything to do with a...

Description: This was a fun image released by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera science team. Take a look at it and see if you can figure out what the significance of the red arrow is.

29. Gorgeous high-res image of the Apollo 17 landing site

(Web Page; Thu Mar 17 14:04:00 CDT 2016)

The LROC team posted today a new image of the Apollo 17 landing site, captured after Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter had gotten in to its 50-kilometer mapping orbit, so this is much more detailed than the previous view. Holy cow, you can se...

Description: The LROC team posted today a new image of the Apollo 17 landing site, captured after Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter had gotten in to its 50-kilometer mapping orbit, so this is much more detailed than the previous view.

30. Pretty picture: Mini-RF exposes lunar geology

(Web Page; Tue Oct 20 10:31:00 CDT 2015)

There are all kinds of neat things to see in this recently released image from the Mini-RF synthetic aperture radar instrument aboard Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: At top is the Cobra Head (24.7° N, 49.3° W; about 7 km diamete...

Description: There are all kinds of neat things to see in this recently released image from the Mini-RF synthetic aperture radar instrument aboard Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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