Detailed Topography of the Moon
- The shape of a planetary surface tells scientists a lot about how that surface formed and changed over time.
LRO : The Impact History of the Moon
- Meteor impacts can radically alter the surface of a planet. Scientists used data from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) instrument on board LRO to build a map that highlights lunar craters with greater clarity than ever before
LRO : Permanently Shadowed Regions on the Moon
- Data from prior lunar missions such as Lunar Prospector suggested that the Moon's polar regions may be hiding ice. One of the primary reasons the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was placed into a polar orbit around the Moon was to search for water near the Moon's poles. Scientists use data from several LRO instruments to piece together the story of water on the Moon.
LRO : The Shrinking Moon
- The Moon started off hot, but where did the heat come from? Scientists look for scarps, steep slopes on the surface of the Moon's crust, as an indicator of its cooling history. Scientists have found hundreds of previously undetected scarps in LRO images. Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) data have shown that many of the newly discovered scarps which could be as young as 50 million years old, suggesting that the Moon continues to cool even today.
LRO : Mapping the Moon for future generations
- As our nearest neighbor, the Moon is a natural laboratory for investigating fundamental questions about the origin and evolution of the Earth and the solar system. With the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), NASA has returned to the Moon, enabling new discoveries and bringing the Moon back into the public eye.
Temperature Variation on the Moon
- The Diviner Lunar Radiometer instrument onboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has been mapping the temperature of the Moon since its launch in 2009 .
LRO : Seeing the Moon
- A picture is worth much more than a thousand words. Although scientists rely on a great variety of instruments to gather data about the Moon, detailed photographs remain one of the dominant sources of information.
LRO : Viewing Traces of Previous Explorers
In 1972, the Apollo 17 crew set up science experiments and gathering samples of lunar rocks and regolith (soil) to bring to Earth for analysis. Forty years later, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) imaged the landing site with enough detail to see the tracks of the rover and footprints the astronauts left behind!
- These lithograph images show the face of the Moon taken by Apollo 11 astronauts. Astronauts Edwin Aldrin, Pete Conrad and Harrison Schmitt are shown in other photographs on missions to the lunar surface. There's also a picture of an Apollo 15 moon rock.
LRO Poster 2008
LRO Poster 2007