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  • Artist's concept of LRO in orbit

    Walls of Lunar Crater May Hold Patchy Ice, LRO Radar Finds

    Scientists using the Mini-RF radar on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have estimated the maximum amount of ice likely to be found inside a permanently shadowed lunar crater located near the moon's South Pole. As much as five to ten percent of material, by weight, could be patchy ice, according to the team of researchers led by Bradley Thomson at Boston University's Center for Remote Sensing.

  • Mini-RF Operations on Hold

    Science operations for the Mini-RF radar on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are on hold now that the instrument is not transmitting sufficient energy to image the moon’s surface.  The mission team continues to gather and analyze data in an attempt to determine the cause of the fault and whether it is recoverable.

  • Mini-RF Podcast 2

    Your Time to Explore (part 2)

    Check out this second podcast to learn more about how Mini-RF is searching for ice on the Moon.

  • Your Time to Explore

    Your Time to Explore

    Check out this new podcast to learn how Mini-RF is searching for ice on the Moon.

  • Image of the crater Erlanger

    NASA And ISRO Satellites Perform In Tandem To Search For Ice On The Moon

    NASA and ISRO will attempt a novel joint experiment that could yield more information on whether ice exists in a permanently shadowed crater near the north pole of the moon.

  • the Mini-RF instrument flying on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter was successfully turned on for the first time in flight

    NASA Radar Tandem Searches For Ice On The Moon

    With the Mini-RF instrument flying aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, the space agency now has two powerful tools searching for ice on the moon.

  • LRO launch

    NASA Returning to the Moon with First Lunar Launch in a Decade

    NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter launched at 5:32 p.m. EDT Thursday aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The satellite will relay more information about the lunar environment than any other previous mission to the moon.

  • The crater Rozhdestvensky K

    Mini-SAR Nears Completion of First Mapping Cycle

    The Mini-SAR imaging radar aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter has been sending back some amazing images for the last couple of months. With the mission's first radar mapping season nearing an end, scientists are looking at and evaluating the data in hand. Read a first-hand account from Instrument Principal Investigator Paul Spudis.

  • This image is a Mini-RF synthetic aperture radar (SAR) strip overlain on an Earth-based, Arecibo Observatory radar telescope image.

    First Look Inside Moon's Shadowed Craters

    Using a NASA radar flying aboard India's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, scientists are getting their first look inside the moon's coldest, darkest craters.

  • Chandrayaan-1 Carries Out First Orbit-Reduction Maneuver  →

    The Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft successfully performed a maneuver to adjust its orbit around the moon on Nov. 9.

  • The PSLV rocket that launched Chandrayaan-1, on its way to the pad. (ISRO)

    India Aims for the Moon  →

    A U.S. scientist reports from the scene of India's first lunar launch.

  • NASA Returns to the Moon with Instruments on Indian Spacecraft

    Two NASA instruments to map the lunar surface will launch on India's maiden moon voyage. The Moon Mineralogy Mapper will assess mineral resources, and the Miniature Synthetic Aperture Radar, or Mini-SAR, will map the polar regions and look for ice deposits.

  • Artist rendering of LRO and Chandrayaan-1 orbiting the moon.

    Mini-RF Instrument to Orbit the Moon

    The Mini-RF payloads are technology demonstration experiments designed to survey the permanently-shadowed regions on the lunar poles. The first instrument, Mini-SAR, is a synthetic aperture radar and is scheduled for launch on October 22 on the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Chandrayaan-1 mission.

  • Artist concept of LRO

    NASA Tests Moon Imaging Spacecraft at Goddard

    NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has completed the first round of environmental testing at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

  • Artistic drawing of the LRO spacecraft

    The LRO/LCROSS Flight to the Moon

    How to plan for a moon mission 101.

Media Contacts

    Members of the media, please contact:

    John Yembrick
    NASA Headquarters
    (202) 358-4715

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    NASA Headquarters
    (202) 358-1726

    Nancy N. Jones
    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
    (301) 286-0039

    Michael Buckley
    Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
    (240) 228-7536

    LRO Points of Contact:

    Ashley Edwards
    NASA Headquarters
    (202) 358-1756

    Grey Hautaluoma
    NASA Headquarters
    (202) 358-0668