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Operations Journal: 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.

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.

Operations 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).

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.

LROC Commissioning Operations begin today!

July 3, 2009
LROC has begun commissioning operations!

The LROC Public Targeting Interface is now live!

June 29, 2009

Share in the adventure as LRO leads the way towards returning humans to deep space!

Nadir pointing!

June 28, 2009

LRO is now in nadir pointing mode (looking straight down at the Moon). Another key milestone on the path to instrument activation.

LRO is now in commissioning orbit!

June 27, 2009

The LRO OPS Team successfully commanded a 231 second burn this morning that placed LRO into its 30 km x 199 km (19 mile x 124 mile) commissioning phase orbit.

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 Launches Successfully

June 18, 2009

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

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