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by Emily Lakdawalla

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Follow the thrilling adventures of planetary missions, past and present, and see the stunningly beautiful photos that they return from space!

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

Emily Lakdawalla • November 29, 2010

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.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter press briefing: silicic volcanoes on the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • September 16, 2010

I'm listening to a press briefing from several members of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter science team, regarding three papers published today in Science.

Two natural bridges on the Moon (now with 3D!)

Emily Lakdawalla • September 07, 2010

Imagine this landscape: you're walking across an unusually smooth lunar surface, an impact melt sheet on the floor of a relatively recently formed crater.

New crater found in LROC image from the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • July 27, 2010

This news is no surprise, but I think it's the first such discovery I've heard of: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team has identified a new crater on the Moon, one that wasn't there when Apollo 15 flew over.

A bull's eye on the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • July 16, 2010

Orientale is the youngest large impact basin on the Moon, which means that very little of it has been obliterated by later impacts.

Elephant Skin on the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • June 28, 2010

There's a name for that funny hummocky texture to the lunar landscape: "elephant skin."

Is this SMART-1's impact site?

Emily Lakdawalla • June 15, 2010

Speaking of spacecraft crashing...

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

Emily Lakdawalla • April 02, 2010

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

My arduous journey to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera images

Emily Lakdawalla • April 02, 2010

It's been two weeks since Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission released a flood of data to the Planetary Data System, but I haven't posted any pictures dug out of the camera data yet. This post will explain why.

And now for Luna 17 and Lunokhod 1

Emily Lakdawalla • March 17, 2010

I am delighted to report that within a day of the first view of Luna 21 and Lunokhod 2 since the end of that mission in 1973, the sister mission, Luna 17 and Lunokhod 1, has also been found.

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