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Gorgeous high-res image of the Apollo 17 landing site

Emily Lakdawalla • October 28, 2009

The LROC team posted today a new image of the Apollo 17 landing site, captured after Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter had gotten in to its 50-kilometer mapping orbit, so this is much more detailed than the previous view.

LROC nabs image of the Apollo 14 S-IVB impact site

Emily Lakdawalla • October 08, 2009

As a reminder that we've been crashing stuff into the Moon for decades, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team released today a photo of the crater made by the spent upper stage of the Saturn rocket that lofted the Apollo 14 mission to the Moon.

Interpreting a crater on the Moon

Emily Lakdawalla • September 14, 2009

The images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera or LROC are absolutely stunning.

The Power of Lighting Conditions

Samuel Lawrence • July 26, 2009

For over four decades, the lunar science community has absorbed the information from the Apollo missions. Although many important questions were answered, many important new questions are waiting to be tackled -- which is the very essence of science and exploration.

Science enables exploration, exploration enables science

Samuel Lawrence • July 22, 2009

One primary goal of the LRO mission is to acquire the amazing bounty of scientific data necessary to enable future human lunar exploration and utilization. But why should we even bother going back?

Exciting Times Ahead: 2010 Will Sizzle, and 2011 Will Really Cook!

Alan Stern • May 18, 2009

Today, I'm kicking the week off with a look at the unusually intense confluence of far flung planetary exploration that's just around the corner, starting the middle of next year.

Fly me to the Moon...

Jim Bell • May 04, 2009

Jim Bell describes his proposal to join the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras science team.

Planetary Surface Processes Field Trip: Day 1

Ryan Anderson • March 14, 2009

After a hectic week of tying up loose ends and running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I now have my proster done for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and am in Phoenix for the Planetary Surface Processes field trip, led by my adviser Jim Bell.

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