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Latest Lunar Orbiter program Stories

First Interactive Mosaic Of Lunar North Pole Released By NASA
2014-03-18 20:40:18

NASA Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States. Web viewers can zoom in and out, and pan around an area. Constructed from 10,581 pictures, the mosaic provides enough detail to see textures and subtle shading of the lunar terrain. Consistent lighting...

2014-03-18 16:21:03

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colo., to launch the Solar Orbiter Collaboration mission to study the sun in July 2017. The Solar Orbiter will launch on an Atlas V 411 rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO The total cost for NASA to launch the Solar Orbiter is approximately $172.7 million, which includes...

2014-03-18 12:21:13

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon's north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States. http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnvar/20081007/38461LOGO Web viewers can zoom in and out, and pan around an area. Constructed from 10,581 pictures, the...

Apollo 8 Earthrise Image Commemorated With New Video Simulation
2013-12-22 02:58:17

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the first color image of the Earth ever taken by a person in lunar orbit, NASA has released a new video simulation of the events that led to the iconic ‘Earthrise’ photograph. Earthrise, which served as the cover photo of Time Magazine’s ‘Great Images of the 20th Century’ and was also featured on the front of Life’s ‘100 Photographs That Changed the World,’ was taken by Apollo...

China Enters New Territory With Lunar Lander, Scheduled For Launch This Year
2013-08-29 12:21:57

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online China announced on Wednesday that it will launch its first lunar lander, the Chang'e 3, by the end of the year. Named after the Chinese goddess of the moon, the upcoming Chang’e mission marks the next step in the Asian nation’s ambitious space program. "Chang'e-3 has officially entered its launch stage, following its research and manufacture period," said a government statement released to state media. "The mission will see a...

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Surveys Moon Landing Sites
2013-07-10 07:46:47

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Like the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the Lunar Orbiter program's primary design function was to obtain images that would allow scientists and engineers to characterize the moon's surface in order to find safe and engaging landing sites for future missions. Five unmanned Orbiters were sent to the moon between 1966 and 1967, collectively photographing most of the lunar surface at 66 to 656 yards resolution. Some of Lunar...

NASA Lunar Orbiter Captures Stunning Images Of Twin GRAIL Impacts
2013-03-21 07:24:08

WATCH VIDEO: [LAMP Observes GRAIL Impact] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After spending nearly a year in lunar orbit studying the moon´s interior, two NASA spacecraft, known as GRAIL A (Ebb) and GRAIL B (Flow), were ordered to embark on a final mission that would hopefully give scientists one last bit of data about the moon´s composition. The twin spacecraft, which were launched in September 2011 and arrived in lunar orbit in late December 2011 and...

NASA Sends Mona Lisa To The Moon
2013-01-17 19:23:47

[ Watch the Video: Mona Lisa on the Moon ] Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA routinely uses lasers to track the position of their Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) as it floats around the moon. Recently, these scientists decided to show off what else they could do with these lasers by using them to communicate with the LRO. To demonstrate this new functionality, the scientists chose a famous work of art to beam to the LRO– the Mona Lisa. After...

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2012-11-21 12:25:09

[ Watch the Video: Moon Phase & Libration 2013 ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has helped to create an animation showing hourly intervals of the moon's surface throughout next year. Topographic measurements by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter aboard LRO makes it possible to simulate shadows on the Moon's surface. "Thanks to Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have excellent terrain maps of the Moon that can tell us...

Image 1 - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Brings 'Earthrise' To Everyone
2012-04-21 06:20:59

[ Watch the Video ] Imagine yourself in orbit, your spacecraft flying backward with its small window facing down toward the surface of the moon. You peer out, scouring the ash-colored contours of the cratered landscape for traces of ancient volcanic activity. Around you, the silent, velvety blackness of space stretches out in every direction. The spacecraft rolls over, and you glimpse a sliver of intense light starting to climb over the rough horizon. It might be dawn, except that the...