Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

What is LROC?

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, is a system of three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that capture high resolution photos of the lunar surface.

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Drill down with our data products.

We use our images and data to create amazing products, like shaded relief models.

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Take Flight and explore the Moon.

Our team utilizes LROC imagery and data to create amazing infromational videos, flyovers, and time-lapses that help show just how spectacular the lunar surface is.

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Traverse the Apollo Landing Sites & More.

By combining LROC imagery, data, and historical data, we've created detailed, interactive maps of the Apollo Landing Sites and many more. Control the sun angle with Flip Book, an interactive timelapse, or compare before-and-after images of new lunar impacts with an interactive slider.

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See the images taken by the original Apollo crews.

ASU maintains the Apollo Digital Image Archive and the March to the Moon image databases, which contain high-resolution scans of the original flight films taken by the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo missions.

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Mission Objectives

LRO is currently in the Extended Mission phase, focused on collecting the data needed to address key lunar science questions, including chronology/bombardment, crustal evolution, regolith evolution, and polar volatiles.


How did the Moon form?

Today, there are several main theories on the origin of the Moon. The most widely accepted of these theories states that the Moon formed after a Mars-sized protoplanet (a young planet not yet fully formed), collided with the early Earth over 4 billion years ago.

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Schedule a Tour

Visit LROC at Arizona State University, Tempe Campus. Exhibits are open to the general public 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (excluding holidays). Interested educators, school, and community groups must schedule guided tours at least three days in advance.