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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Orbit Insertion - Stereoscopic Version

This visualization shows an example of how the orbit insertion for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) might look. LRO launches from Cape Canaveral, then flies around the Earth and on to the moon. Time speeds up during the journey to the moon, then slows again as LRO approaches the moon. LRO begins orbiting the moon and, through a series of several "burns", moves in closer to its desired orbit. LRO's initial orbit plane around the moon is parallel to the direction of the moon's travel.

This visualization was created before launch using simulated ephemeris data. The ephemeris data driving this visualization was based on a simulated night time launch on 11/24/2008; but, the actual launch may happen during the daytime.

In this page the visualization content is offered in two different modes to accomodate stereoscopic systems as: Left and Right Eye separate and Left and Right Eye side-by-side combined on the same frame.

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Visualization Credits

Helen-Nicole Kostis (UMBC): Lead Animator
Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Ernie Wright (UMBC): Animator
Alex Kekesi (GST): Animator
Helen-Nicole Kostis (UMBC): Video Editor
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Producer
John Keller (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. Simulated ephemeris data from Mark Beckman The Blue Marble Next Generation data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC) and NASA's Earth Observatory.

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LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter)

Data Used:
LRO-Simulated Ephemeris
Terra and Aqua/MODIS/Blue Marble: Next Generation also referred to as: BMNG
1/1/2004 - 12/31/2004
The Blue Marble data is courtesy of Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC).
Hipparcos/Telescope/Tycho 2 Catalogue also referred to as: Tycho Catalogue
Clementine and HST/HIRES and the Telescope/Lunar Composite Texture
CPC (Climate Prediction Center) Cloud Composite
Data Compilation - Climate Prediction Center (CPC)
Global cloud cover from multiple satellites
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

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