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Web: News System Visually Enhanced

January 18, 2010

In our continuing efforts to improve our website, we have visually enhanced our News System!  Check out the new look for our new Featured Images and Announcements!

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LROC NAC Image Prerelease

December 18, 2009

The first Planetary Data System (PDS) LRO data release will occur in mid-March 2010. To help interested users familiarize themselves with LROC data before the official release date, the LROC team will periodically and "informally" release a selection of PDS Experiment Data Records (EDRs).

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New York Times Editorial on LROC Apollo Images

November 17, 2009

The New York Times has published an editorial about the LROC images of the Apollo landing sites.

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Apollo 11 Landing Site

November 13, 2009

We have just released a new video using NAC data to zoom down to Tranquility Base, the Apollo 11 landing site.


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Apollo 17 Landing Site

October 28, 2009

We have just released an exciting video showcasing the Apollo 17 landing site, which features the lunar module descent stage, the Apollo 17 lunar surface experiments package, the U.S. flag, and the lunar rover.

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Into LROC's Science Operations Center (SOC)

October 12, 2009

Hello.  My name is Shane Thompson and I am a lunatic. I am the Operations Lead for the LROC Operations Team at ASU for the Science Operations Center (SOC). I am an ASU alumni from the geology department and have been involved with lunar research for the last two years and Mars research for the last nine.

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LCROSS Impacts the Moon!

October 10, 2009

The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) impacted the Moon as planned on 7:31 a.m. (EDT) Oct. 9

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LCROSS will Impact Moon on Friday Oct. 9th

October 8, 2009

LCROSS (Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite), one of the instruments sent into space along with LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter), is on schedule to impact the Moon this Friday (October 9th) at 7:30am EDT. Coverage and additional information will be available live from NASA.

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Predicting Imaging Conditions - The Temperature Model

September 28, 2009

Hi, my name is Prasun Mahanti and I am involved with temperature modeling for the LRO Narrow Angle Camera [NAC]. The NAC is a digital camera and uses semiconductor devices to take a picture similar to your own digital camera. As an example, when the NAC is looking at a mountain on the Moon, the image is recorded by a charge coupled device (CCD) instead of film. Semiconductors (here a CCD) are very temperature sensitive, so the noise characteristics of the returned image varies when the temperature goes up and down. Several of us in the LROC Science Operations Center therefore are tasked with forecasting the probable temperature of the NAC CCD a few days in advance. For a given temperature appropriate image acquisition commands can be sent to LRO for different positions around the Moon to insure the best-quality images.

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Producing NAC and WAC Mosaics

September 24, 2009

As a student researcher at LROC, I (Steven Koeber) mosaic images from the Narrow-Angle Cameras (NACs) and the Wide-Angle Camera (WAC). Mosaics are composed of several individual images that are stitched together, permitting an investigator to explore the geophysical and compositional properties of the lunar surface on a global or regional scale. NAC and WAC mosaics are produced using a specialized image-processing package called ISIS, the Integrated System for Imagers and Spectrometers. ISIS has the unique capability for processing data from several NASA spacecraft missions, including the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

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