Seeing hardware that was built by human hands sitting on the surface of another planet never, ever gets old. Today, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team released two new images of Chang'e 3 and Yutu on the Moon.
On January 15th, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) passed within nine kilometers of the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) and managed to snap a picture of the craft using its Narrow Angle Cameras (NACs) with which it is equipped as part of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). Given that LRO travels in [...]
That little smeary line in the center isn't a camera defect, it's the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE), as photographed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which is orbiting the Moon about 5.5 miles above LADEE's orbit.
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has managed to snap a photo of the other current lunar orbiter, LADEE, at the Moon.
The latest tool for checking space weather is an internet radio station fed by data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO. The radio station essentially operates in real time, receiving measurements of how much radiation the spacecraft is experiencing and converting those into a constant stream of music. read more
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.
As promised, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's sharp eyes spotted the Chang'e 3 lander and Yutu rover on the lunar surface on December 25. The hardware shows up as a few bright pixels throwing long, dark shadows, clearly visible in a before-and-after comparison.
NASA has put together an animation combining the mission's photos and audio with new data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to show just how close the astronauts came to missing the iconic snapshot.
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.
A sharp-eyed NASA spacecraft is keeping tabs on China's recently arrived lunar lander, all in the name of science. NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has added China's Chang'e 3 lander and associated rover — which touched down...Show More Summary
Chang'e 3 is just about to land on the Moon, and the LADEE orbiter has begun a new science mission there, while Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is still producing amazing images.
Scientists from the University of New Hampshire and colleagues have published comprehensive findings on space-based radiation as measured by a UNH-led detector aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The data provide critical...Show More Summary
Deep-space radiation is a significant danger for interplanetary human space flight. But now an instrument on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has learned more than ever before about the high-energy hazards at and around the moon. New findings from the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER) were published today in the journal Space Weather. read more
Scientists have published comprehensive findings on space-based radiation as measured by a detector aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. The data provide critical information on the radiation hazards that will be faced by astronauts on extended missions to deep space such as those to Mars.
DURHAM, N.H. -- Scientists from the University of New Hampshire and colleagues have published comprehensive findings on space-based radiation as measured by a UNH-led detector aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The data...Show More Summary
This beautiful high definition animation of the moon's rotation was captured by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.
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.
A huge payoff from the longevity of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission is the repeat coverage obtained by the LROC Wide Angle Camera. This NASA video footage shows what the moon would look like as it rotates. The images are impossible to witness from Earth, because only one of the moon's faces ever points toward the planet. YouTube link (thanks Cora) The Presurfer
"... because the moon is 'tidally locked' to it, meaning only one of its faces ever points toward the planet. These timelapse pictures were captured using Nasa's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which circles the moon at an altitude of 50km."
This beautiful video was created using 110,000 images captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and shows the moon rotating 360 degrees around its axis. [Via APODVideos | LS]