What is LROC: Mission Overview
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission launched successfully on June 18, 2009 and is the first spacecraft to be built as part of NASA's return to the Moon. The orbiter is equipped with seven instruments including:
The measurements from LRO are uncovering much-needed information about potential landing sites - and much more. Since the 2009 launch, LRO's seven instruments have delivered more than 192 terabytes of data, images and maps to the NASA Planetary Data System - the equivalent of nearly 41,000 typical DVDs. After successfully completing a one-year mission, focused on collecting the datasets required to support future human lunar exploration, LRO is now engaged in a two-year mission focused on addressing important lunar science questions.