Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

What is LROC?

In operation since 2009, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) is a system of three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that capture high resolution photos of the lunar surface.

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Drill down with our data products.

Utilizing LROC images, our team produces beautiful mosaics, topographic shaded relief models, and global products with amazing detail to help expand our knowledge of the Moon.

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Traverse the Apollo Landing Sites & More.

By combining LROC imagery, data, and historical data, we've created detailed, interactive maps of the Apollo Landing Sites and many more. Control the sun angle with Flip Book, an interactive timelapse, or compare before-and-after images of new lunar impacts with an interactive slider.

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See the images taken by the original Apollo crews.

ASU maintains the Apollo Digital Image Archive and the March to the Moon image archive, which contain high-resolution scans of the original flight films taken during the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions.

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Take Flight and explore the Moon.

Our team utilizes LROC imagery and data to create amazing infromational videos, flyovers, and time-lapses that help show just how spectacular the lunar surface is.

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Mission Objectives

LRO is currently in the Extended Mission phase, focused on collecting the data needed to address key lunar science questions, including chronology/bombardment, crustal evolution, regolith evolution, and polar volatiles.

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How did the Moon form?

Today, there are several main theories on the origin of the Moon. The most widely accepted of these theories states that the Moon formed after a Mars-sized protoplanet (a young planet not yet fully formed), collided with the early Earth over 4 billion years ago.

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Schedule a Tour

Visit us at Arizona State University's Tempe campus. Exhibits are open to the public 9:30am-4:30pm Mon-Fri (excluding holidays). Guided tours for interested educators, schools, and community groups must be scheduled at least three days in advance.

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