Friday, July 3, 2009

Do U Know LRO?

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter!

Five Things to Know about LRO

1. LRO is leading NASA’s way back to the moon.

2. The primary objective of LRO is to conduct investigations that prepare for future lunar exploration. Specifically LRO will scout for safe and compelling landing sites, locate potential resources (with special attention to the possibility of water ice) and characterize the effects of prolonged exposure to the lunar radiation environment. In addition to its exploration mission, LRO will also return rich scientific data that will help us to better understand the moon’s topography and composition.

3. Seven scientific instruments outfit LRO. These instruments will return lunar imagery, topography, temperature measurements and more.

4. Launched along with LRO was the Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), a partner mission that will search for water ice on the moon.

5. In response to LRO's "Send Your Name to the Moon" initiative, the spacecraft carries a microchip with nearly 1.6 million names submitted by the public.


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