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Shapes of Craters

Shapes of Craters


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.

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LRO Moves Closer to the Lunar Surface

LRO Moves Closer to the Lunar Surface


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.

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March 2015 Data Users Workshop

Data Users Workshop


March 2015 - The LRO Data Users Workshop was held March 15, 2015 at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Get this years schedule and view presentations from past workshops here.

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Lunar Workshops for Educators

Lunar Workshops for Educators


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

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