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LROC 7th PDS Release

September 15, 2011

The 7th LROC Planetary Data System (PDS) release includes images acquired between 16 March 2011 and 15 June 2011. This release includes 76,516 EDR images totaling 8.6 Tbytes and 76,516 CDR images totaling 18 Tbytes worth of data.

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Rolling LRO

September 8, 2011

Part 2 of Special Targeting: Obliques

Today we continue our tour of Special Targeting on the LROC Uplink team with obliques. An oblique view is any observation where LRO slews more than 30 degrees. A normal oblique for an LROC observation is 50-70 degrees. These obliques are different from our normal slews and extra special because of how much LRO has to move to acquire them. We are only allowed to take one of these every few weeks. When we do take them, they are a coordinated effort with the project and other instruments.

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Special Targeting

August 16, 2011

Welcome to the exciting world of Special Targeting! My name is Christian Alf, and I will guide you through this special adventure. As a member of the LROC Operations Staff I work on the Uplink Team, for which Zack gave an introduction. One of the responsibilities of an uplinker is to plan special observations. Don't be fooled, we love each of our 600+ images we target a day, but we dedicate a lot more time to a few of them. Typically, these observations require moving the whole spacecraft, coordinating with other instruments, or crunching some numbers to ensure the viewing geometry is optimal. There are five main types of special targets: Geometric Stereo, Obliques, Limb Views, Earth Calibrations, and Ride-alongs with other instruments. Since we target geometric stereo at a higher frequency, lets talk about them first.

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Uplink - Commanding the Camera...

August 15, 2011

Howdy! My name is Zack Bowles and I am one of the Uplink members of the LROC Operations team. Operations are mainly divided into Uplink and Downlink, with Uplink responsible for targeting images and generating command loads and Downlink is responsible for data integrity analysis and spacecraft/instrument monitoring. Uplink is also further subdivided into 2 components: Nominal and Special Targeting, with Nominal responsible for the majority of camera commanding while Special Targeting is responsible for planning slewed observations, calibrations, and any observation that requires coordination with the other LRO instruments.

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Introduction to LROC Down-link (DL) and Team Activities.

July 21, 2011

Hello, my name is Tim Donnelly. As a member of the LROC Science Operations Center (SOC) I, along with two others, handle the Downlink duties of the SOC.  As Shane Thompson posted earlier, the SOC has two teams - Up-link (UL) and Down-link (DL). UL plans the observation time-line for image acquisition, while DL is responsible for monitoring the LROC instrument health (via real-time and stored telemetry) and data processing (management & processing of all files delivered to the SOC from the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Mission Operations Center (MOC)). Our two teams constitute the Operations Team to which Ernest Bowman-Cisneros referred in his post last week.

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A Look Back to the Beginning...

July 18, 2011

Greetings, I am Ernest Bowman-Cisneros, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Science Operations Center (SOC) manager. I have worn many hats during the lifetime of this project, but now that we have celebrated the second anniversary of the launch of LRO and nearly two years of operations, I can look back to the beginning of the LROC SOC.

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LROC 6th PDS Release

June 15, 2011

The 6th LROC Planetary Data System (PDS) release includes images acquired between 16 December 2010 and 15 March 2011. This release includes 66,416 EDR images totaling 8.9 Tbytes and 66,414 CDR images totaling 19 Tbytes worth of data.

The archive can be accessed here.

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Quickmap - Try it out!

April 30, 2011

Try out the new LROC browse interface - Quickmap. Its a lot of fun! Start at reduced WAC resolution and end up on the surface at full NAC resolution.

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LROC K-12 Art Program

March 28, 2011

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) announces The Moon and Me K-12 Art Challenge! American students have the chance to submit artwork that answers the question: What does the Moon mean to me?

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LROC 5th PDS Release

March 15, 2011

The 5th LROC Planetary Data System (PDS) release includes images acquired between 16 September 2010 and 15 December 2010. This release includes 69,505 EDR images totaling 8498 Gbytes and 69,528 CDR images totaling 17,651 Gbytes worth of data.

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