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Moon Missions to Moon Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Missions to Moon - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter | image: http://sse.jpl.nasa.gov

Country : USA
Research Org : NASA
Mission launch : October 2008


The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission will not only enable future human expoloration and but also provide excellent opportunities for future science missions. LRO will spend at least one year in low polar orbit around the Moon, collecting detailed information about the Lunar environment. The LRO payload, comprised of six instruments and one technology demonstration will provide key data sets to enable a human to return to the Moon. LRO's instrument suite will provide the highest resolution data, and the most comprehensive data set ever returned from the moon. Some of the data includes>

  • Supply information on Lunar radiation environment.
  • Evaluating the biological impacts and allowing development of protective technologies.
  • Provide the first highly accurate 3D lunar cartographic maps
  • Map mineralogy across the whole moon
  • Search for polar volatiles (especially water ice)
  • Provide sub-meter resolution imaging (including permanently shadowed regions)
  • Provide an assessment of features for landing sites




Last Updated ( Friday, 11 September 2009 07:39 )