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Introducing LRO

About the LRO Mission

LRO is a robotic mission that set out to map the moon's surface and, after a year of exploration, was extended with a unique set of science objectives. LRO observations have enabled numerous groundbreaking discoveries, creating a new picture of the moon as a dynamic and complex body. These developments have set up a scientific framework through which to challenge and improve our understanding of processes throughout the solar system.

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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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Moon as Art

The Moon As Art

In honor of the fifth anniversary, the LRO project kicked off the Moon as Art Campaign. The public was asked to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover of a special image collection. The images in the collection were created using data gathered by LRO over the first 4.5 years of operations. After two weeks of voting, the public has selected Tycho Central Peak as its favorite moon image.

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LRO Snaps Pic of LADEE

Jan. 29, 2014 - With precise timing, the camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was able to take a picture of NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) spacecraft as it orbited our nearest celestial neighbor. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) operations team worked with its LADEE and LRO operations counterparts to make the imaging possible. > Learn more

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