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Rovers and Mission Planning: New LROC Activity Guides!

June 3, 2021
Picture of 4 different lunar maps using LROC data
Included in one of two newly released activity guides, this mosaic of the lunar south pole uses multiple LRO datasets to guide students and curious learners through planning a rover water prospecting mission on the Moon.

 

Ready to Launch: Arizona's Place in Space Exhibit

May 24, 2021
For two weeks in 2010, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter remained looking straight down while its Wide Angle Camera acquired about 1,300 images. The result was this spectacular mosaic. The low angle of the Sun during this period created crisp shadows that highlight the landforms.
The LROC lunar nearside mosaic, created using 1300 images acquired in a two week period with the Wide Angle Camera (WAC), on display beside an Edwin Aldrin Apollo EMU spacesuit inside the new Ready to Launch: Arizona's Place in Space exhibit in Tucson, Arizona.

 

What Armstrong Saw

July 19, 2019

LROC simulation of what Neil Armstrong Saw as he landed the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle.

Apollo Command Module Ephemeris

April 1, 2013
Recovered Apollo 15, 16, 17 Command Module ephemeris is now posted on the Apollo Scan Project webpage.

Lunaserv - Try It Out!

March 21, 2013
Lunaserv
If you have been using the LROC Quickmap interface and wondering if you can have similar capabilities on your desktop, you can! Use our new WMS compliant service made possible by Lunaserv wms software, developed by the LROC team.

Neil A. Armstrong, 1930-2012

August 26, 2012

Look at the Moon, think of Neil Armstrong, imagine all that we as Americans can accomplish.

New "Featured Sites" on the LROC Webpage

July 18, 2012
  Test drive the new "Featured Sites" on the LROC Webpage, first out  - Apollo Landing sites.

Operations Journal: Rolling LRO

September 8, 2011

Part 2 of Special Targeting: Obliques

Today we continue our tour of Special Targeting on the LROC Uplink team with obliques. An oblique view is any observation where LRO slews more than 30 degrees. A normal oblique for an LROC observation is 50-70 degrees. These obliques are different from our normal slews and extra special because of how much LRO has to move to acquire them. We are only allowed to take one of these every few weeks. When we do take them, they are a coordinated effort with the project and other instruments.

Operations Journal: Special Targeting

August 16, 2011

Welcome to the exciting world of Special Targeting! My name is Christian Alf, and I will guide you through this special adventure. As a member of the LROC Operations Staff I work on the Uplink Team, for which Zack gave an introduction. One of the responsibilities of an uplinker is to plan special observations. Don't be fooled, we love each of our 600+ images we target a day, but we dedicate a lot more time to a few of them. Typically, these observations require moving the whole spacecraft, coordinating with other instruments, or crunching some numbers to ensure the viewing geometry is optimal. There are five main types of special targets: Geometric Stereo, Obliques, Limb Views, Earth Calibrations, and Ride-alongs with other instruments. Since we target geometric stereo at a higher frequency, lets talk about them first.

Operations Journal: Uplink - Commanding the Camera

August 15, 2011

Howdy! My name is Zack Bowles and I am one of the Uplink members of the LROC Operations team. Operations are mainly divided into Uplink and Downlink, with Uplink responsible for targeting images and generating command loads and Downlink is responsible for data integrity analysis and spacecraft/instrument monitoring. Uplink is also further subdivided into 2 components: Nominal and Special Targeting, with Nominal responsible for the majority of camera commanding while Special Targeting is responsible for planning slewed observations, calibrations, and any observation that requires coordination with the other LRO instruments.

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