Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

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

by Elizabeth Howell July 21, 2014

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter 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 […]

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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? Remove this ad Fraser Cain on Google+

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Like Yoda This Moon Shadow Looks. Yes, hmmm?

by Nancy Atkinson February 21, 2014

Scientists from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter say that Icarus Crater is one of a kind on the Moon because its central peak rises higher than about half its rim. Most central peaks rise only about halfway to the crater rim. But at just the ring angle and lighting conditions, the shadow this central peak creates […]

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