Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Recent News & Updates


LROC Commissioning Phase Operations

June 24, 2009

During LRO's two-month commissioning phase, many special operations will take place to help prepare LROC and all of the instruments for their first year of operation.

LROC Heaters and Focus

June 23, 2009

What does the LROC team need to do before imaging can commence? First, we need to dry out the NAC telescope structures so the cameras will be in focus.

LRO in lunar orbit!

June 23, 2009

This morning the LRO Team at Goddard Space Flight Center commanded LRO to execute a 40-minute burn that placed LRO into lunar orbit!

LRO Mid-Course Correction Burn

June 20, 2009

LRO mid-course correction burn successful!

LRO Launches Successfully

June 18, 2009

LRO, carrying the LROC and LCROSS instruments was successfully launched at 5:32 U.S. Eastern. Congratulations!

LRO Launch now set for Thursday at 5:12 pm EDT

June 17, 2009

The LRO/LCROSS Atlas V 401 will be rolled out of the Vertical Integration Facility towards the launch pad starting at 10 am this morning (June 17) in preparation for a launch attempt Thursday June 18 at 5:12 pm.


LRO Launch Window

June 16, 2009

The LRO launch window is currently in flux due to the slip of the Space Shuttle Endeavor launch. LRO is currently set for launch on the 18th, with a possible launch window of the 18th to 20th.

LRO spacecraft model now available!

May 30, 2009

Future rocket scientists needed - some assembly required.

NAC Cleanroom Calibration - Flatfield Images

March 4, 2009

Last year calibration of LROC Narrow Angle Cameras (NAC) took place at the Malin Space Science Systems (San Diego).

NAC Cleanroom Calibration - Baffle Tube

March 4, 2009

This is a "souvenir picture" of the first NAC taken last year in a cleanroom at Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego. In this picture the large primary mirror of the NAC optics is well visible at the end of the NAC tube. The LROC Science Team member on the left gives a good sense of just how large the LROC NACs are.  Remember, there will be two NACs side by side on the LRO spacecraft!

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