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Moonwall Exhibit Opens

September 21, 2009

A new exhibit, Moonwall, has recently opened at Adler Planetarium. Moonwall is an interactive flight over the Moon which will feature the latest high resolution data returned from LROC. Continue reading to watch a video demonstration!

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LRO is in Mapping Orbit

September 17, 2009

On September 15th LRO successfully executed its Mission Orbit Insertion (MOI) propulsive maneuver which established the nominal mission orbit. This means the LRO cameras are now in a 50km polar mapping orbit of the Moon, which will result in higher resolution images.

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The Business Side of LROC

September 14, 2009

Hi, I am Carmen Salas, the Business Manager for LROC. My job is to ensure that all the business operation functions are in place. The business functions consist of Human Resource (payroll, hiring, termination, and unresolved issues); financial functions (research, local, and state accounts; report submission for ASU/NASA, reconciliation of accounts); proposal pre/post award submissions; education and public outreach (work with the EPO team on various projects); travel requests; and ensuring that all the students and staff comply with Arizona State policy and procedures.

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A Look into System Administration

September 2, 2009

My name is Zach Gates and I am a Sophomore at ASU in the Computer Science program. I work on the LROC project as a student system administrator, which means I help our sys-admins create and maintain the computer systems our project needs to run. Working here at LROC is a great opportunity for me to learn more about my field through hands-on experience.

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Digital Elevation Models (DEM)

August 25, 2009

My name's Tawny, and I am one of the ASU undergraduate student workers at LROC. One of the many fun tasks I get to do is to produce Digital Elevation Models (DEM) of the lunar surface by using specialized hardware and software to extract elevation data on the Moon from stereo images. A DEM is like a digital version of an old-fashioned contour map and essentially provides the elevation of the surface for each pixel. For a pair of images to be stereo, it must show the same location on the Moon taken with different illumination conditions. Or, to put it another way, the relative angles of the Sun, the lunar surface, and the spacecraft have to be different for each picture while showing the same region.

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LROC Operations Journal

August 19, 2009

This week we launched our brand new Operations Journal where we will chronicle the activities and accomplishments of our student workers, staff and scientists.

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Journal Kick Off

August 19, 2009

To kick off the launch of this journal, I'd like to offer up the first post in order to talk about its motivation and goals we hope to achieve...

My name is Andrew, and I am currently an undergraduate Industrial, Systems and Operations Engineering student at Arizona State University, where LROC operations are based. At LROC, I am currently employed as the web developer.  This means I am the person who is primarily responsible for maintaining, developing and making updates and additions to the LROC website (as well as other websites for associated projects).


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Operations Journal Commissioning

August 17, 2009

I would like to be the first to welcome you to our new LROC Operations Journal

So what is this journal all about?

This journal will receive regular postings from the LROC team. What do we do? How do we know what to image and when? What do we do with the images once they are on the ground? What is housekeeping data? And many other topics.

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LROC Videos Available in High Definition Format

August 6, 2009

Head on over to our LRO Live! page to check out videos taken by LROC's narrow-angle-camera (NAC) in high definition format.

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Pointing at distant stars

July 24, 2009

LROC began performing its star calibrations this week!

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