Today the LRO Team powered up the LROC cameras for a few hours to collect engineering data.
Over two orbits we monitored temperatures and background values to give us a leg up when we start commissioning phase imaging on Friday. Of particular interest is the temperature of the NAC CCDs, two parameters that control the background level of the camera, which are selected based on temperature. Having actual measurements beats a thermal model any day!
Posted by Mark Robinson on June 30, 2009 11:32 UTC.