On the evening of Sept. 27, 2015, into the early morning of Sept. 28 EDT, operators of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will wait as Earth blots out the sun and the moon goes dark. The flight operations team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, have seen LRO safely through three lunar eclipses in about a year and a half. Watch NASA's live stream from 8:00 p.m. until at least 11:30 p.m. EDT broadcast from Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., with a live feed from the Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles, Calif. Mitzi Adams, a NASA solar physicist at Marshall will discuss the eclipse and answer questions from Twitter. To ask a question, use #askNASA.
This comparative study of the shapes of lunar craters help scientists understand how the surface evolves with time. Each crater is unique in its own way, and over geologic time, will change in shape. LRO examines the shapes of many craters to help estimate the age of these craters based simply on their topography.
May 2015 -NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has completed a maneuver that lowered the spacecraft's orbit to within 20 kilometers (12 miles) above areas near the lunar South Pole, the closest the spacecraft has ever been to the lunar surface.
Grade 6–9 science teachers are invited this summer to participate in a workshop focused on lunar science, exploration, and how our understanding of the Moon is growing and changing with new data from current and recent lunar missions.
Upcoming Workshops: July 6-10, 2015 and July 13-17, 2015