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01101001
2009-Jun-30, 04:42 AM
It's time to give LRO its own mission topic.

Previous topic was Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LRO countdown and launch (http://www.bautforum.com/space-exploration/85712-lunar-reconnaissance-orbiter-lro-countdown-launch.html).

NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/main/index.html):


LRO Reaches Commissioning Orbit
Mon, 29 Jun 2009 11:43:59 AM PDT

The final rocket burn that put the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter into its
commissioning orbit around the moon was completed Saturday, June 27.

While LRO is in this temporary orbit, engineers will activate and test
the spacecraft's instruments.

Links:

NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/main/index.html)
NASA Goddard LRO Mission (http://lro.gsfc.nasa.gov/)
NASA LRO Mission Twitter (http://twitter.com/LRO_NASA)
NASA LRO Launch Information (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/launch/index.html)
NASA's New Moon Missions Blog (http://blogs.nasa.gov/cm/blog/moon_missions/)
Wikipedia: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Reconnaissance_Orbiter)
NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html) (or NASA TV Yahoo! source (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/nasa/index.html) or high-resolution (http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368163))[/QUOTE]

ToSeek
2009-Jul-02, 09:54 PM
First images (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/lroc_20090702_a.html)

http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/365433main_nacl000000fd_top_detail_540x540.jpg

R.A.F.
2009-Jul-02, 10:07 PM
I cannot wait to see "familiar" features imaged...like Hadley Rille.

This is going to be good.

jumpjack
2009-Jul-05, 09:14 PM
where could I search old Moon images by latitude and longitude, to compare them to these?

Nicolas
2009-Jul-05, 09:23 PM
Nice crater train (or what's it called) in that hotlinked image!

Antice
2009-Jul-08, 07:20 PM
they are up to 15 images now.... i wonder if anyone is going to make a google earth like aplet out of them one day so that we can virtually skim the surface of the moon....

Hop_David
2009-Jul-08, 09:28 PM
they are up to 15 images now.... i wonder if anyone is going to make a google earth like aplet out of them one day so that we can virtually skim the surface of the moon....

I asked a similar question in another forum. I was told the LRO info will eventually be uploaded to the Planetary Data System and so will be used to enhance Google Moon (http://www.google.com/moon/)

01101001
2009-Jul-09, 01:01 AM
BA Blog: No, LRO won’t convince the Apollo deniers (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/07/08/no-lro-wont-convince-the-apollo-deniers/)


I’ve done some interviews about this, and been asked about it endlessly: will the LRO’s incredibly high-resolution images of the lunar surface, including, eventually, the Apollo landing sites, finally quell the lunacy of the Moon Hoax believers?
That would be nice, but obviously it won’t. If they don’t believe the thousands of pictures and video taken from the lunar surface by the Apollo astronauts themselves, why would they believe further NASA evidence?

The BA cites the excellent Cumbrian Sky blog: LRO and the Apollo Hoax Believers… (http://cumbriansky.wordpress.com/2009/07/05/lro-and-the-apollo-hoax-believers/)


The HBs are never, repeat, NEVER going to be convinced that NASA went to the Moon.

But, on with the science!

jumpjack
2009-Jul-09, 08:08 AM
I asked a similar question in another forum. I was told the LRO info will eventually be uploaded to the Planetary Data System and so will be used to enhance Google Moon (http://www.google.com/moon/)

In the meantime, we can do it by ourself! here it is a "basis": :)
http://win98.altervista.org/luna/GoogleMoon.kmz

I already asked LRO site staff to publish image data in such a way they can be automatically processed (i.e. linked into GoogelEarth), but didn't recevie a reply yet.
What is needed is, besides image center, also image width/height, or corner coordinates rather than center coordinates.

Please let me know if you find errors in my KMZ file.

djellison
2009-Jul-09, 11:07 AM
The current images are not map projected - they're raw pushbroom and not suitable for putting in Google Earth etc.

matthewota
2009-Jul-09, 05:24 PM
You can download the Virtual Moon Atlas here (http://ap-i.net/avl/en/download). It is free!

You can run it on your computer while it is offline. It is a stand alone app.

Antice
2009-Jul-09, 06:40 PM
I had a very nice time between customer calls at work today browsing trough the google moon Apollo write-up. quite nice. i cant wait to see it updated with better map imagery from LRO. there are quite a lot of process artefacts in those images they have up on there now. It's easy to see that there are quite a lot of blisters in the film.

mugaliens
2009-Jul-11, 06:08 AM
I'm waiting for the Lunar Lander confirmations...

ngc3314
2009-Jul-15, 03:05 PM
While we're waiting for Those Pictures, here are a couple of shots of LCROSS from our campus observatory last night (0221, 027 UT on 15 July). 4 minute exposures tracking expected motion from the Horizons ephemeris, within 20 degrees of the southern horizon and fighting summertime haze as well as city lights. I wanted to catch it before its inclined orbit takes it too far south, after which it spends a week or so as a predawn object. The range was about 563,000 km, and the Centaur is no bigger than a CSM/LM combination, so this is a more difficult target than spotting an Apollo enroute was. (On the other hand, nobody had CCD imagers in 1969).

matthewota
2009-Jul-16, 11:10 PM
NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has taken it's first images of Apollo Lunar landing sites. A news confererence (http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009/jul/HQ_M09-133_LRO_Apollo_sites.html) will take place at Goddard Spaceflight Center, Greenbelt MD on Friday, July 17, 2009 at 2 p.m. EDT. The images will be revealed to the public then. Stay tuned to NASA TV.

01101001
2009-Nov-21, 06:06 PM
BA Blog: Exquisite Rubble (http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2009/11/21/exquisite-rubble/)


I know, I usually wax lyrical and scientific over this picture or that returned from various astronomical and space observatories. But honestly, I don’t have a whole lot to say about this particular image, from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, showing boulders that have rolled downhill to the bottom of the 45 kilometer-wide Rutherford crater [...]

This one is 510 meters across. See the big rock at the top, left of center? The one casting a long shadow? That’s about the size of my yard, and I don’t have a particularly large piece of property. Some of the rocks in this image are smaller than a car.

Glom
2009-Nov-23, 08:10 AM
"Magnificent desolation" is still a better line. But the image is still fantastic.

Superluminal
2009-Nov-23, 05:43 PM
As Jack Schmidt might say, "A geologists paradise if I ever saw one."

slang
2011-Feb-12, 12:49 AM
LROC mission extended for two more years. I assume this means LRO itself won't be discarded before that time. :)

NASA Extends Contract for Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Instrument (http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/releases/2011/11-011.html)