Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO): NASA's mission to map the lunar surface

Keep up with Astronomy magazine's coverage of this important mission. Here you'll find the latest headlines and blogs about the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS).






ASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has transmitted its first images since reaching lunar orbit June 23. The spacecraft has two cameras, a low resolution Wide Angle Camera and a high-resolution Narrow Angle Camera. Collectively known as the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), they were activated June 30. The cameras are working well and have returned images of a region a few miles east of Hell E crater in the lunar highlands south of Mare Nubium.