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LRO Provides High Resolution Global Topographic Map Of The Moon
2011-11-17 10:24:38

The science team that oversees the imaging system on board NASA´s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has released the highest resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created. This new topographic map, from Arizona State University in Tempe, shows the surface shape and features over nearly the entire moon with a pixel scale close to 100 meters (328 feet). A single measure of elevation (one pixel) is about the size of two football fields placed side-by-side. Although...

2011-09-09 12:00:00

Surveying experts of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have successfully developed methodologies for precise mapping of the Moon, after intensive analysis of the data captured by the Chinese lunar orbiter ChangE-1 and other lunar exploration missions. (PRWEB) September 09, 2011 Surveying experts of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) have successfully developed methodologies for precise mapping of the Moon, after intensive analysis of the data captured by the Chinese...

2011-06-21 13:00:00

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA has declared full mission success for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). LRO changed our view of the entire moon and brought it into sharper focus with unprecedented detail. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) operated the LRO spacecraft and its instruments during the one-year mission phase. Now that the final data from the instruments have been...

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2011-06-21 14:25:00

NASA said on Tuesday that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has taken a picture of the moon, the likes of which have never been seen before. The new image by LRO consists of over 192 terabytes of data, images and maps, which is equivalent of about 41,000 typical DVDs. "This is a tremendous accomplishment," Douglas Cooke, Associate Administrator of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters, Washington, said in a statement. "The exploration phase of the mission...

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2011-03-16 09:10:00

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team released Tuesday the final set of data from the mission's exploration phase along with the first measurements from its new life as a science satellite. With this fifth release of data, striking new images and maps have been added to the already comprehensive collection of raw lunar data and high-level products, including mosaic images, that LRO has made possible. The spacecraft's seven instruments delivered more than 192 terabytes of data with an...

2011-03-15 14:45:00

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) team released Tuesday the final set of data from the mission's exploration phase along with the first measurements from its new life as a science satellite. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) With this fifth release of data, striking new images and maps have been added to the already comprehensive collection of raw lunar data and high-level products, including...

2011-02-22 08:00:00

HOPKINTON, Mass., Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC), the world leader in information infrastructure solutions, today announced that the Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration (SESE) has deployed EMC Isilon® scale-out NAS to power the processing and analysis of tens of thousands of lunar images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), with the aim of identifying ideal landing sites and areas of permanent shadow and...

2010-12-17 12:38:00

GREENBELT, Md., Dec. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is allowing researchers to create the most precise and complete map to date of the moon's complex, heavily cratered landscape. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "This dataset is being used to make digital elevation and terrain maps that will be a fundamental reference for future scientific and human exploration missions to the moon," said Dr. Gregory Neumann of NASA's...

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2010-12-17 15:25:00

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is allowing researchers to create the most precise and complete map to date of the moon's complex, heavily cratered landscape. "This dataset is being used to make digital elevation and terrain maps that will be a fundamental reference for future scientific and human exploration missions to the moon," said Dr. Gregory Neumann of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "After about one year taking data, we already have nearly 3 billion data...

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2010-10-01 10:15:00

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) launched a second lunar exploration probe on Friday, bringing their country's emerging space program one step closer to fulfilling their goal of placing a man on the moon. According to various media reports, the Chang'e-2 orbiter launched at 1100 GMT from Xichang, a location in the southwestern province of Sichuan. "China Central Television briefly showed images of the rocket blasting off into the night sky--a few seconds after lift-off--before...