Friday, May 31, 2024

Roadmap to The Moon: LRO to Artemis | NASA Goddard

Roadmap to The Moon: LRO to Artemis (2009-2024) | NASA Goddard

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission is laying the groundwork for future Artemis science.  The orbiter's LOLA (Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter) instrument provides topographical data on the lunar surface. The information collected also makes it possible to simulate sunlight and shadow on the Moon at any date in the past or future. We feature two data visualizations that showcase this at the lunar South Pole. LOLA data is vital to Artemis for planning exploration endeavors.

This year, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) celebrates its 15th anniversary orbiting the Moon (2009-2024). This mission has given scientists the largest volume of data ever collected by a planetary science mission at NASA. Considering that success and the continuing functionality of the spacecraft and its instruments, NASA awarded the mission an extended mission phase to continue operations. This is LRO's 5th extended science mission (ESM5). LRO continues to be one of NASA's most valuable tools for advancing lunar science.

Video Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

Video Produced, Edited, and Narrated by: David Ladd (Abacus Technology)

Data Visualizations: Ernie Wright (USRA)

Animations: NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab

Duration: 2 minutes, 51 seconds

Release Date: May 31, 2024

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