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LRO Latest Results Briefing
06.21.11
 
NASA hosted a media teleconference at 2 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, June 21, to highlight the results of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission. A panel summarized the spacecraft's science findings and discussed the agency's plans for LRO's future.

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Briefing Speakers


› Douglas Cooke, associate administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
› Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
› Richard Vondrak, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter project scientist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.



Images and Multimedia in Support of the News Conference


Presenter: Douglas Cooke, associate administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters

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Presenter: Michael Wargo, chief lunar scientist, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters


Figure 1: Globes showing lunar elevation data from 2005 (ULCN) and 2010 (LOLA) rotate side-by-side for comparison. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Science Visualization Studio
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LOLA topography images of the moon Figure 2: LOLA data give us three complementary views of the near side of the moon: the contours of the landscape, or 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. The slope magnitude indicates the steepness of terrain, while roughness indicates the presence of large blocks, both of which are important for surface operations. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Figure 3: This animation zooms into the LROC NAC swath of Shackleton crater's rim and slowly pans across the rim's surface. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Science Visualization Studio
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image of a natural bridge on the moon Figure 4: The bridge is approximately 7 meters wide on top and 20 meters across. The ground at the base of the bridge is about 6 to 12 meters below the surface. North is up. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University
› Larger images and more detail from Arizona State University's LRO website




Figure 5: Simulated illumination conditions over the lunar South Pole region, from ~80°S to the pole. The movie runs for 28 days, centered on the LCROSS impact date on October 9th, 2009. The illumination calculations use the LOLA topographic dataset. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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illustration of Diviner lunar south pole temperature data Figure 6: The first global daytime and nighttime thermal maps of the moon are created using Diviner data. Credit: NASA/Goddard/UCLA
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Figure 7:
Graphic representation of neutron deficiency (related to hydrogen content) measured by the Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector in and around Cabeus crater, the site of the LCROSS impacts. Credit: NASA/Goddard/Institute for Space Research, Moscow
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Presenter: Richard Vondrak, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter project scientist, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.

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