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.

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.

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.

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.

LRO Illustration over Moon

With a comprehensive data set focused on supporting the extension of human presence in the solar system, LRO helps identify sites close to potential resources with high scientific value, favorable terrain and the environment necessary for safe future robotic and human lunar missions. All LRO initial data sets are deposited in the Planetary Data System (PDS), a publicly accessible repository of planetary science information, within six months of primary mission completion. Thereafter, the data sets will be deposited in the PDS every three months. The processed data sets will help the world develop a deeper understanding of the lunar environment, paving the way for a safe human return to the Moon and for future human exploration of our solar system.

Quick Links

LRO Laser Ranging Support My Moon quickmap
LROC Data Users Workshop Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite
LRO Satellite Real-Time Visualization International Observe the Moon Night