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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter zooms in on Apollo 15 once again

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter zooms in on Apollo 15 once again

March 12, 2012 - The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling our closest neighbor since 2009, taking amazing substantial-resolution pictures of the Moon's surface. When it was first proposed, I remember wondering if it would get good shots of the Apollo web sites… and boy howdy, did it. Then, in 2011, NASA made a decision to lower the mapping orbit from its typical fifty km (30 miles) down to an extraordinary 25 km (15 miles) — an orbit they can't maintain, since versions in the density of the Moon would shortly crash the spacecraft.



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LRO zooms in on Apollo 15 once again | Bad Astronomy

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been circling our nearest neighbor since 2009, taking amazing high-resolution images of the Moon's surface. When it was first proposed, I remember wondering if it would get good shots of the Apollo sites... and boy howdy, did it. Then, in 2011, NASA decided to lower the mapping orbit from its usual 50 km (30...


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