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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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Bakeout complete!

July 13, 2009

With bakeout complete, the NACs were reactivated over the weekend to begin systematic calibrations.

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NAC Imaging Hiatus

July 9, 2009

The LROC NACs are powered down as we complete the final bakeout!

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New additions to the LROC Image Gallery!

July 6, 2009

We have added more of our favorite images to the LROC Image Gallery!

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A Bird's Eye View of the Moon

July 4, 2009

See a spectacular flyover of the lunar surface!

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