Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA Curiosity Rover Missing ‘Scientific Focus And Detail’ In Mars Mission: Review

by Elizabeth Howell September 4, 2014

NASA’s planetary senior review panel harshly criticized the scientific return of the Curiosity rover in a report released yesterday (Sept. 3), saying the mission lacks focus and the team is taking actions that show they think the $2.5-billion mission is “too big to fail.” While the review did recommend the mission receive more funding — […]

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What Does The Apollo 11 Moon Landing Site Look Like Today?

by Elizabeth Howell July 21, 2014

Forty-five years ago yesterday, the Sea of Tranquility saw a brief flurry of activity when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin dared to disturb the ancient lunar dust. Now the site has lain quiet, untouched, for almost half a century. Are any traces of the astronauts still visible? The answer is yes! Look at the picture […]

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Which Of These Moon Pictures Catches Your Eye? NASA Asks You To Pick The Best

by Elizabeth Howell May 23, 2014

If you’re a fan of moon observation, it’s lucky for you that spacecraft such as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter exist. For about the past five years, the NASA spacecraft has been in orbit around a closest large neighbor, taking images of the surface in high-definition. To celebrate LRO’s fifth anniversary, NASA is asking members of the public […]

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Why The Eclipse Forced A Shutdown Of Lunar Spacecraft’s Instruments

by Elizabeth Howell April 15, 2014

While people across North America marvelled at the blood-red moon early this morning, some NASA engineers had a different topic on their minds: making sure the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter would survive the period of extended shadow during the eclipse. LRO uses solar panels to get energy for its batteries, so for two passes through the […]

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Can Moons Have Moons?

by Fraser Cain February 24, 2014

The Earth has a single moon, while Saturn has more than 60, with new moons being discovered all the time. But here’s a question, can a moon have a moon? Can that moon’s moon have its own moon? Can it be moons all the way down? Fraser Cain on Google+

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