If you've ever used Street View on Google Maps to preview an unfamiliar travel destination, then you'll understand the reasoning behind NASA's Lunar Orbiter missions during the late '60s. The space probes were doing reconnaissance and beamed back 160...
Five years ago today, NASA launched its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter into space. It's been snapping high-resolution images of the moon's surface ever since, revealing secrets about its true "dark side," scouting out landing sites for future missions, and returning gorgeous images the likes of which have never been observable from Earth. Read more...
Scientists combined observations from two NASA missions to check out the moon's lopsided shape and how it changes under Earth's sway – a response not seen from orbit before. The team drew on studies by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter,...Show More Summary
For five years, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling the moon collecting all sorts of data and producing lots of great images. To celebrate the anniversary of the mission’s launch on June 18, 2009, NASA is putting together a collection of the orbiter’s best images.
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) experiences 12 "earthrises" every day, but it recently had the opportunity to snap this image of Earth — and it's marvelous. Read more...
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera released a stunning new shot of the Earthrise yesterday. In the photo, the Earth is a color composite very close to what a person would see from the same perspective, and the brightness contrast of...
NASA has released a wonderful—and rare, they say—view of an earthrise in the Moon taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, with the Earth appearing over the Rozhdestvenskiy crater. There's a GIF of this event in motion. Read more....
The Opportunity rover and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are both zeroed out in NASA's 2015 budget. Learn why these missions face the axe and why the White House is forcing NASA to choose between existing missions and starting new ones.
NASA, using images taken from its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released a 680-gigapixel interactive mosaic of the Moon's north polar region. The resolution of the image is one pixel to 6.5 ft (2 m) with the area imaged being...Show More Summary
Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon's north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States. Web viewers can zoom in and out, and pan around an area. Show More Summary
On 18 June 2009, NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to map the surface of the Moon and collect measurements of potential future landing sites as well as key science targets. After two and a half years in a...
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 [...]
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
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
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