Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Recent News & Updates


Ready to Launch: Arizona's Place in Space Exhibit

May 24, 2021
For two weeks in 2010, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter remained looking straight down while its Wide Angle Camera acquired about 1,300 images. The result was this spectacular mosaic. The low angle of the Sun during this period created crisp shadows that highlight the landforms.
The LROC lunar nearside mosaic, created using 1300 images acquired in a two week period with the Wide Angle Camera (WAC), on display beside an Edwin Aldrin Apollo EMU spacesuit inside the new Ready to Launch: Arizona's Place in Space exhibit in Tucson, Arizona.

AGU 2019 Fall Meeting

December 5, 2019

Join LROC at this year's American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting from Dec. 9-13, at the Moscone Center in the heart of beautiful downtown San Francisco, California. LROC team members will be at the Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration booth #445 to answer questions about our amazing Moon, talk about inspiring new lunar science, demonstrate powerful LROC data tools, and hand out exciting lunar giveaways. Stop by, say hello, and enjoy the 2019 AGU Fall Meeting!

Ten Years of NAC Imaging: Fun Visualization!

June 18, 2019

This week the LROC team looked back on ten years of lunar exploration at the Planetary Data Workshop, in Flagstaff, AZ. For this presentation, two 80+ GiB montages were created from NAC images collected from first light on 30 June 2009 until 17 June 2019. During a talk one can only give a small glimpse into the entire image, so we are posting the two images here allowing anyone to explore this fun visual and get a sense of just how large is the LROC dataset.

A New Moon Rises

February 26, 2016

The LROC Team at Arizona State University is proud to announce an exciting new exhibit featuring some of the most compelling images collected by LROC over the past six years: “A New Moon Rises: New Views from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera” which opens 26 February at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall in Washington, D. C.

Lunar Landscapes

October 18, 2012

Beginning 2 November 2012, you can visit the Moon through Lunar Landscapes, an exciting new exhibit featuring the most current images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC), showing at monOrchid gallery in Phoenix.

International Observe the Moon Night

September 13, 2012

Explore the Moon with the LROC team at the Arizona Museum of Natural History for International Observe the Moon Night on Saturday September 22nd!

LROC K-12 Art Program

March 28, 2011

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) announces The Moon and Me K-12 Art Challenge! American students have the chance to submit artwork that answers the question: What does the Moon mean to me?

Exciting New Results from LROC Data

August 23, 2010

LROC images are providing important new insights into the geology of the Moon and helping to define key targets for future lunar exploration.

First Images

June 30, 2010

It was one year ago, 30 June 2009, when LROC was powered up and sent back its first images from the Moon.

One Year!

June 18, 2010

LRO was launched one year ago today, 18 June 2009, 5:32pm EDT.

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