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  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
    What is LROC The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera or LROC is a system of three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LRO that capture high resolution photos of the lunar surface Learn more Drill down with our data products We use our images and data to create amazing products like shaded relief models Check them out Fly to the Moon Our team uses our images and data to create other amazing products like flyover movies Check them out View the Apollo Landing Sites More LROC images of the Apollo landing sites can be viewed here with lots of educational features about the landing sites from flip books showing the site at different Sun angles to labels showing the tracks from extra vehicular activity and hardware the astronauts left behind Learn more See the images taken by the original Apollo crews ASU maintains the Apollo Digital Image Archive and the March to the Moon image databases which contain high resolution scans of the original flight films taken by the Mercury Gemini and Apollo missions Check out the Apollo Image Archive See images from the Mercury Gemini and Apollo Missions Mission Objectives LRO is currently in the Extended Mission phase focused

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  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
    Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera or LROC is a system of three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LRO that capture high resolution black and white images and moderate resolution multi spectral images of the lunar surface LROC Narrow Angle Camera NAC LROC consists of two Narrow Angle Cameras NACs that are designed to provide 0 5 meter scale panchromatic images over a 5 km swath and a Wide Angle Camera WAC that provides images at a scale of 100 meters pixel in seven color bands over a 60 km swath The Sequence and Compressor System SCS supports data acquisition for both cameras LROC Wide Angle Camera WAC LROC is a modified version of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter s ConTeXt Camera CTX and Mars Color Imager MARCI What is LRO Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LRO Launch Photo credit Pat Corkery United Launch Alliance In June of 2009 NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter a robotic spacecraft now orbiting the Moon at an altitude of 50 200 km LRO s primary objective is to make fundamental scientific discoveries about the Moon LROC is one of seven instruments on board LRO Together these instruments have a downlink allocation of 310 Gbits per Ka band

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  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
    evidence of processes that shaped the global lunar regolith as they relate to evolution of the crust verifying physical characteristics of the upper most regolith layers via their textures scattering mechanisms and composition Measure the surface morphology at 0 5 2 0 meter scales and other physical properties at meter pixel scale for specific targets 4 Polar Volatiles Investigate volatile sources sinks and transfer mechanisms with emphasis on the lunar polar regions including permanently shadowed regions PSRs Measure polar region landforms in PSRs at better than 20 meter horizontal scales Also measure reflectivity as a function of phase angle at meter and 100 meter scales near PSRs within 10 of each pole LROC was originally designed to achieve the following measurement objectives 1 Find potential landing sites LROC provides images of meter scale and smaller features that pose a potential threat to landing and obstacles to the trafficability of future human and robotic explorers LROC is capable of accurately assessing lunar surface characteristics due its 0 5 m pixel high resolution images In addition when the Sun is 30 above the horizon features less than 0 5 m high can be detected by their long shadows The Apollo 15 Lunar Module accidentally set down with one leg in a small crater resulting in a tilt of 10 just 5 below the maximum acceptable angle Hazards from craters of this size are best detected with meter scale topography and high incidence angle 80 images both provided by the LROC NAC 2 Map regions of permanent shadow or illumination The low angle spin axis of the Moon only 1 5 compared with the Earth s 28 5 potentially leaves some areas near the poles in permanent shadow while allowing others areas to remain in permanent or near permanent illumination Areas of permanent or near permanent illumination are prime locations for future lunar outposts due to benign thermal conditions and constant solar power Additionally theory radar data and neutron measurements suggest that ice may be present in the permanently shadowed regions any water bearing materials are a potential resource for future lunar explorers During each orbit around the Moon the WAC acquires images at a scale on the order of tens to hundreds of meters per pixel of the polar regions 80 to 90 north and south latitude to map the extents of permanent shadow and illumination 3 Create high resolution maps of polar massifs with permanent or near permanent illumination During lunar summers the NACs take images of both polar regions above 85 5 latitude when shadows are minimal These images are then compiled into mosaics of each pole sampled to 1 meter pixel These high resolution mosaics provide a base map for future polar exploration 4 Observe regions from multiple angles to derive high resolution topography LROC acquires images of regions of scientific interest from multiple angles These images can be analyzed using stereogrammetric and photometric methods to create precise high resolution topographic maps Spectra of ilmenite black line shows a

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  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
    Pixel format 1 x 5 064 Noise 76 e A D Converter Honeywell ADC9225 FPGA Actel RT54SX32 S Mass 8 2 kg per NAC Volume 70 cm x 27 cm diameter Peak Power 9 3 W Average Power 6 4 W Sensitivity 400 750 nm Voltage 28 V DC Radiometric Accuracy 1 relative 10 absolute Detector Digitization 12 bit encoded to 8 bit At an altitude of 50 km Wide Angle Camera Image format 1024 x 14 pixels monochrome push frame 704 x 14 pixels 5 filter visible push frame 128 x 4 2 filter UV color Pixel Scale nadir 1 50 milli radian 75 meters pixel visible 7 67 milli radian 385 meters pixel UV 4x4 binned Image frame width km 105 km visible monochrome 60 km visible color 57 km UV Optics f 5 05 visible f 5 65 UV Effective FL 6 0 mm visible 4 7 mm UV Entrance Pupil Diameter 1 19 mm visible 0 85 mm UV FOV 92 monochrome 61 visible 59 UV System MTF Nyquist 0 37 Electronics 4 circuit boards Detector Kodak KAI 1001 Pixel format 1024 x 1024 Noise 66 4 e Mass 0 9 kg Volume width length height

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  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
    University St Louis MO Co Investigator Samuel Lawrence School of Earth and Space Exploration ASU Tempe AZ Co Investigator Prasun Mahanti School of Earth and Space Exploration ASU Tempe AZ Research Scientist Michael Malin Malin Space Science Systems San Diego CA Co Investigator Alfred S McEwen University of Arizona Tucson AZ Co Investigator Jeff Plescia Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Laurel MD Co Investigator Mark Robinson School of Earth and Space Exploration ASU Tempe AZ Principal Investigator Hiroyuki Sato School of Earth and Space Exploration ASU Tempe AZ Research Scientist Peter Thomas Cornell University Ithaca NY Co Investigator Elizabeth Turtle Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab Laurel MD Co Investigator Tom Watters National Air and Space Museum Center for Earth and Planetary Studies Washington D C Co Investigator Staff Name Affiliation Title Nicholas Aldana Arizona State University Research Technician Gyade Badio Arizona State University Business Manager Joe Barnett Arizona State University Database Analyst Zack Bowles Arizona State University Research Analyst Ken Bowley Arizona State University Systems Analyst Ernest Bowman Cisneros Arizona State University Science Operations Manager Ahmet Deran Arizona State University Research Technician Tim Donnelly Arizona State University Research Analyst Nick Estes Arizona State University Systems Analyst Sr Caleb Hanger Arizona State University Research Technician Megan Henriksen Arizona State University Research Analyst Alex Johnson Arizona State University Web Designer Developer Bradley Karas Arizona State University Research Technician Robert Lanphear Arizona State University Research Analyst Jeff Leland Arizona State University Web Administrator Madeleine Manheim Arizona State University Research Analyst Kristen Paris Arizona State University Research Analyst Reinhold Povilaitis Arizona State University Research Technician Victor Silva Arizona State University Software Programmer Emerson Speyerer Arizona State University Research Engineer Julie Stopar Arizona State University Research Analyst Shane Thompson Arizona State University Research Analyst Robert Wagner Arizona State University Research Technician Michael Walworth

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  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
    LROC Patch How was the LROC patch designed The LROC patch was designed by the LROC team with the following goals in mind Illustrate the LROC objectives Employ a design language similar to other NASA patches What are the images featured in the LROC Patch The lower left image represents the LROC goal of mapping dynamic light conditions near the poles The lower right image is from Galileo and signifies

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  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
    Teach Guides Fact Sheets Posters Slide Shows Videos Activities Tours Menu What is LROC Objectives Specs Team Mission Patch Where is LRO News Observation Request Configure Map The Current Location of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Projection Simple Cylindrical Orthographic Grid

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  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
    CDR images totaling 18 TB The LROC Team also released several new RDR products 2 new NAC Digital Terrain Models DTM LOBACHVSKY and GLUSHKO2 and 474 new NAC anaglyph products In addition to the new products released two issues where corrected in previously released RDR products which resulted in 259 NAC DTM products out of the 263 previously released being updated 111 NAC ROI mosaics out of 112 previously released were updated and one NAC ROI KLUTE W LOA was removed two NAC Polar mosaics NAC POLE NORTH and NAC POLE SOUTH and five WAC products where updated WAC GLOBAL WAC GLD100 WAC CSHADE WAC ROI NEARSIDE DAWN WAC ROI FARSIDE DUSK See the RDR volume ERRATA TXT file for complete information on what changed with the volume Read more LROC 21st PDS Data Release March 15 2015 The 21th LROC Planetary Data System release includes NAC and WAC images acquired between 2014 09 16 to 2014 12 15 This release contains 67 534 EDR images totaling 8 7 TB and 67 534 CDR images totaling 18 TB The LROC Team also released several new RDR products 64 WAC Monthly Global Mosaics WAC Empirically Normalized 7 Band Nearly Global Mosaic 4 NAC Digital Terrain Models DTM GEMIMP1 MARCH17 MAUROLYCS PITISCUS and 300 new NAC anaglyph products Update 3 17 2015 A PDF formated NAC Stereo Catalog has been released located in the DOCUMENTS directory This file contains all NAC pair and triplet observations that can be used for generating Digital Terrain Models Read more LROC 20th PDS Data Release December 21 2014 The 19th LROC Planetary Data System release includes NAC and WAC images acquired between 2014 06 16 to 2014 09 15 This release contains 70 759 EDR images totaling 8 8 TB and 70 759 CDR images totaling 19 TB The LROC Team also released several new and reprocessed RDR products 14 NAC Digital Terrain Models DTM ARAGO2 BRISBANEZ CMPTNCRTR CRISIUMVOLC FECNDITATS2 FECNDITATS3 HELLCRTR HENDERSON LADEE1 LADEE2 MASKELYNE MNDLSHTMLS MNDLSHTMTY RILLERDGE and 39 new NAC anaglyph products with 63 reprocessed re released anaglyph products Read more LROC 19th PDS Data Release September 16 2014 The 19th LROC Planetary Data System release includes NAC and WAC images acquired between 2014 03 16 to 2014 06 15 This release contains 65 984 EDR images totaling 8 8 TB and 65 984 CDR images totaling 18 TB The LROC Team also released several new and reprocessed RDR products 55 NAC Digital Terrain Models DTM including eleven improved NAC DTM products LASELMASIF1 5 improved accuracy LASELMASIF expanded mosaic GRUITHUISE1 5 improved accuracy 23 NAC Region of Interest ROI mosaics including ten improved NAC ROI mosaics ARISTOTLLOA BOSS A LOA COBRAHD LOA COMPBELKLOC COMPBELKLOD COMPBELKLOE COMPBELKLOF COMPBELKLOG COMPBELKLOH GRUITHSNLOB and 63 NAC anaglyph products a new Extras product Read more LROC 18th PDS Release July 7 2014 The 18th LROC Planetary Data System release includes images acquired between 2013 12 16 to 2014 03 15 This release contains 69 569 EDR images totaling

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