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LRO zooms in on Apollo 15 once again

March 8, 2012 | By

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling our nearest neighbor since 2009, taking amazing high-resolution images of the Moon’s surface. When it was first proposed, I remember wondering if it would get good shots of the Apollo sites… and boy howdy, did it. Then, in 2011, NASA decided to lower the mapping orbit from its […]

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Brief interview on WGN radio about new LRO pix

September 7, 2011 | By

I was interviewed by WGN radio host Mike McConnell this morning about the new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter pictures of the Apollo landing sites that were released yesterday. The interview is online, or you can grab the file directly. We talked about why Hubble can’t see the landing site hardware, how the astronauts walked on the […]

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LRO spots Apollo landing sites in high res

September 6, 2011 | By

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling the Moon for the past few years, snapping away, taking hi-res pictures of the lunar surface from a height of a mere 50 kilometers (30 miles). A few weeks ago, NASA commanded the probe to dip lower, allowing even closer, more detailed shots. Skimming the surface at a […]

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Pix: LRO completes first phase of its mission!

September 16, 2010 | By

[Click the images below to see my favorite pictures from LRO!]

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LRO spots Apollo 12 footsteps

December 14, 2009 | By

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has returned another incredible picture of an Apollo landing site, this time of our second manned walk on another world… and again, the footprints of the astronauts are clearly visible! In November 1969, Apollo 12 touched down near the Surveyor 3 probe, which had soft-landed two years previously. The astronauts walked […]

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LRO sees a Moonslide

November 5, 2009 | By

The hi-res Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s camera captured a pretty cool image of a (what I’m guessing is an ancient) landslide on the Moon. Check this out: [Click to embrobdingnangate.] The slide is down the steep slope of a crater called Marius, located in Oceanus Procellarum, a vast smooth-surfaced area on the Moon (generally called "maria" […]

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LRO about to hit the Moon!

October 9, 2009 | By

[Update 11:45 UTC): IMPACT! LCROSS and the Centaur rocket have both impacted the Moon, apparently right on target. Ground-based reports are that no plume has been detected, but the observations from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter itself, still orbiting the Moon, will be downlinked in a couple of hours. Keep your eyes on the NASA TV […]

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LROC and stroll

September 7, 2009 | By

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter continues to knock ‘em out of the park. Over at Universe Today Nancy Atkinson shows how an LRO Camera image answers a question that’s lasted for almost 40 years: how close did Apollo 14 astronauts Ed Mitchell and Alan Shepard get to Cone Crater before having to turn back due to […]

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APOLLO LANDING SITES IMAGED BY LRO!

July 17, 2009 | By

This is so so so freaking cool: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken pictures of the Apollo landing sites! Holy Haleakala! LM diagram from Wikipedia That’s EXACTLY how I pictured it would look. That picture shows the lower half of the Lunar Module, the part that stayed behind on the Moon when Armstrong and Aldrin […]

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No, LRO won't convince the Apollo deniers

July 8, 2009 | By

I’ve been reading a lot about Apollo lately — the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 is almost upon us — and of course the Moon is in my thoughts anyway with the advent of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter now snapping away as it circles our cosmic neighbor. I’ve done some interviews about this, and been […]

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