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Latest Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Stories

2011-09-06 11:12:00

GREENBELT, Md., Sept. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) captured the sharpest images ever taken from space of the Apollo 12, 14 and 17 landing sites. Images show the twists and turns of the paths made when the astronauts explored the lunar surface. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) At the Apollo 17 site, the tracks laid down by the lunar rover are clearly visible, along with the last foot trails left on the moon. The...

2011-09-02 13:41:58

NASA will host a media teleconference at noon on Tuesday, Sept. 6, to reveal new images of three Apollo landing sites taken from the agency's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO. Teleconference participants are: -- Jim Green, director, Planetary Science Division, NASA Headquarters, Washington -- Mark Robinson, principal investigator, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, Arizona State University, Tempe -- Richard Vondrak, LRO project scientist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center,...

2011-08-24 12:59:17

NASA has selected Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. in Columbia, Md., to provide Ground Systems and Mission Operations support. The total maximum ordering value of the cost-plus-award fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite- quantity contract is $450 million. The effective ordering period is from Nov. 1 through Oct. 31, 2016. The work will be performed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Under this contract, Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. will support a wide range...

2011-08-23 15:10:00

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- NASA has selected Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. in Columbia, Md., to provide Ground Systems and Mission Operations support. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) The total maximum ordering value of the cost-plus-award fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite- quantity contract is $450 million. The effective ordering period is from Nov. 1 through Oct. 31, 2016. The work will be performed at NASA's Goddard Space Flight...

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2011-07-25 08:35:00

Nature of mysterious hot spot revealed by "photogeology" By Diana Lutz, Washington University in St. Louis Analysis of new images of a curious "hot spot" on the far side of the Moon reveal it to be a small volcanic province created by the upwelling of silicic magma. The unusual location of the province and the surprising composition of the lava that formed it offer tantalizing clues to the Moon's thermal history. The hot spot is a concentration of a radioactive element thorium sitting between...

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...

2011-06-20 09:39:52

NASA will host a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 21, to highlight the results of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission. A panel will summarize the spacecraft's science findings and discuss the agency's plans for LRO's future. Telecon panelists are: -- Douglas Cooke, associate administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington -- Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist for exploration at NASA Headquarters -- Richard Vondrak, LRO...

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2011-06-14 13:33:27

Orbiting about 31 miles above the lunar surface, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft will get a "front-row seat" to the total lunar eclipse on June 15, says Noah Petro, Associate Project Scientist for LRO at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. A lunar eclipse happens when the moon passes into Earth's shadow, and a total lunar eclipse occurs when Earth completely blocks the sun, causing the moon to darken and appear to change color. However, the moon doesn't...

2011-05-25 09:00:00

PISCATAWAY, N.J., May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A "hot" topic in space exploration is transient activity, which is one of 12 topics discussed in the May issue on the subject of Solar System Radar & Radio Science of Proceedings of the IEEE, the world's most highly-cited general interest journal in electrical engineering and computer science. The paper entitled "A Prototype Radio Transient Survey Instrument for Piggyback Deep Space Network Tracking" defines NASA's Deep Space Network as...