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Amazing Moon Photos from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Resolution Comparison Between Nominal Orbit Images of the Apollo 17 landing site and the New Low Orbit Image

NASA/Goddard/ASU

Resolution comparison between nominal orbit images of the Apollo 17 landing site and the new low orbit image.

Rover Lunokhod

NASA

NASA's LRO recently discovered the Russian Robotic rover Lunokhod 1 that landed on the moon in 1970 and vanished from detection in September 1971.

LRO shows natural bridge on moon

NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this shot of a natural bridge on the moon. It's about 7 meters wide on top and 20 m across, and likely formed following the dual collapse of a lava tube. The ground at the base of the bridge is about 6 to 12 meters below the surface. North is up.

LRO view of far side of the moon

NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

This image, taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft, is the most detailed view of the moon's far side to date.

The Moon Sees Green

NASA/GSFC/MIT/SV

A topographic map of the moon, centered on the Apollo 15 landing site, highlighting the Apennine and Caucasus ranges and the fairly subtle wrinkling in Serenitatis. The false colors indicate elevation: red areas are highest and blue lowest. The map was created by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Credit: NASA/GSFC/MIT/SVS. Full story.

LRO Moon Slope Map

Journal of Geophysical Research (via NASA)

The colors in this image reveal information about the slope and roughness of the moon's surface.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter: Searching For A 'New Moon'

NASA/GSFC

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is kick-starting a volley of robot craft that will explore the Moon prior to a human return. Image

LOLA Data of the Moon

NASA/LRO/LOLA Science Team

LOLA data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows three complementary views of the near side of the moon: the topography (left) along with new maps of the surface slope values (middle) and the roughness of the topography (right). All three views are centered on the relatively young impact crater Tycho, with the Orientale basin on the left side.

New Photos Reveal Apollo 11 at First Moon Landing Site

NASA/GSFC/ASU

In this image, the Apollo 11 lunar lander and it shadow can be seen in a view from NASA's new Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is scouting the moon for new landing sites for future astronauts.

Moon Craters Could Be Coldest Place in Solar System

NASA/UCLA

This image shows daytime (left) and nighttime lunar temperatures in Kelvin recorded by the Diviner instrument on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter in new images released Sept. 17, 2009.

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