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31. Soviet landers Luna 20, 23, and 24, plus the tracks of Lunokhod 2

(Web Page; Mon Oct 19 13:58:00 CDT 2015)

Today is the bonanza day for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: the first formal release of orbiter data happened this morning, including 10 Terabytes (that is 10 million Megabytes!) of camera data. I am in the middle of writing a lengthy pos...

Description: Today is the bonanza day for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: the first formal release of orbiter data happened this morning, including 10 Terabytes (that is 10 million Megabytes!) of camera data.

32. Pretty picture: An unexplained chain of elliptical craters on the Moon

(Web Page; Tue Sep 22 11:06:00 CDT 2015)

Here's the first cool pic I've managed to produce from the recently-released Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera data set. Figuring out how to work with these data turned out to be an unexpectedly arduous process, which I detail in the p...

Description: Here's the first cool pic I've managed to produce from the recently-released Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera data set.

33. Trundling Across the Moon

(Web Page; Mon Jul 07 18:06:00 CDT 2014)

This article originally appeared on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera website and is reposted here with permission. On 15 January 1973, just one month after the successful Apollo 17 mission culminated the US Project Apollo, the ...

Description: High resolution images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera detail the 1973 path of the Soviet rover Lunokhod 2.

34. Dating the Moon's basins

(Web Page; Thu Sep 26 15:56:00 CDT 2013)

Over the last couple of days I have fallen down a research rabbit hole -- I began with a question about clay minerals on Mars and find myself, today, writing about the history of major impact basins on the Moon. The trail that led me her...

Description: A paper in press in the Journal of Geophysical Research uses new data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to update our story for the history of the Moon's massive impacts.

35. LADEE has finally left Earth

(Web Page; Wed Oct 02 23:58:00 CDT 2013)

When LADEE launched on September 6, it launched into Earth orbit. Today, it is finally on a path that will take it to its October 6 lunar orbit insertion. A direct-to-the-Moon trajectory would have been faster, but it would have required...

Description: When LADEE launched on September 6, it launched into Earth orbit. Today, it is finally on a path that will take it to its October 6 lunar orbit insertion. Its operation is continuing normally in the face of the U.S. government's shutdown yesterday, as is that of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

36. LROC nabs image of the Apollo 14 S-IVB impact site

(Web Page; Fri Mar 18 18:24:00 CDT 2016)

As a reminder that we've been crashing stuff into the Moon for decades, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team released today a photo of the crater made by the spent upper stage of the Saturn rocket that lofted the Apollo 14...

Description: As a reminder that we've been crashing stuff into the Moon for decades, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team released today a photo of the crater made by the spent upper stage of the Saturn rocket that lofted the Apollo 14 mission to the Moon.

37. Lunokhod found on the Moon -- and on Earth, too

(Web Page; Mon Oct 19 13:20:00 CDT 2015)

Yesterday I posted a bit of a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera image showing the tracks of the Russian Lunokhod 2 rover. Today, I can post for you an image showing the rover's final resting place: the patch of bright pixels near the t...

Description: Yesterday I posted a bit of a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera image showing the tracks of the Russian Lunokhod 2 rover. Today, I can post for you an image showing the rover's final resting place

38. Hold the Moon in Your Hands

(Web Page; Thu Jan 25 12:55:00 CST 2018)

I do a little freelance work as a Contributing Editor to Sky & Telescope magazine. In January I got a mysterious email from editor Robert Naeye: "About 6 weeks from now a package will be delivered to you...I want to keep it a surpri...

Description: Sky & Telescope and Replogle Globes teamed up to take advantage of the fabulous new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter image mosaic of the Moon to make an equally fabulous new Moon globe.

39. Zero Dollars for 2016: Two Stalwart Planetary Missions Face a Troubling Future

(Web Page; Mon Oct 19 19:16:00 CDT 2015)

In its 2016 budget request, the White House inexplicably proposed to end two active, scientifically productive planetary missions: the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. NASA’s budget requested...

Description: In its 2016 budget request, the White House inexplicably proposed to end two active, scientifically productive planetary missions: the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

40. How GRAIL will meet its end

(Web Page; Sun Apr 05 20:36:00 CDT 2015)

The twin GRAIL spacecraft are nearly out of fuel, and are being directed to a controlled impact near the north pole on the near side of the Moon on December 17. Ending the mission in this way has been planned all along; the news here is ...

Description: The twin GRAIL spacecraft are nearly out of fuel, and are being directed to a controlled impact near the north pole on the near side of the Moon on December 17. Before the end, though, they did some cool things, including flying within 2000 meters of mountaintops, and catching video of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in flight.

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