Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

A New Era in Lunar Exploration

The Next Astronauts Who Visit the Moon Will Know Where to Land, Thanks to LRO

ASU is playing a key role in the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. Mark Robinson, professor of geological sciences in ASUs School of Earth and Space Exploration, is the principal investigator for the imaging system on board, known as LROC (short for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera).

Illustration of the LRO in Orbit.

LRO Mission Overview

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission launched in June 2009. The orbiter is equipped with seven instruments: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA), Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector (LEND), Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP), and the Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation (CRaTER), and the Miniature Radio Frequency instrument (Mini-RF). The measurements from LRO are fundamentally redefining our understanding of the Moon and inner Solar System. For more information on LRO visit the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.

Diagram of the LRO.

New Apollo Digital Archive at ASU

For nearly 40 years, the complete photographic record from the Apollo project sat in a freezer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, almost untouched, until now.

A new digital archive created through a collaboration between Arizona State University and Johnson Space Center is making available on the Internet breathtaking high-resolution scans of original Apollo flight films.

Most images acquired by astronauts during the Apollo missions have never been seen in high resolution detail by the public, or even by most scientists. Previous scanning projects have not used the original flight films that came back from the Moon. These startling images are accessible to both researchers and the general public, to browse or download, at: the Apollo Image Archive and the March to the Moon gallery.