Planets and Moons  ID: 10334

LRO/LCROSS Launch, Deploy, and Mission Animation

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or LRO will give scientists more information about the structure of the Moon's interior; the types of rock found there, events that shaped it, and the conditions that exist at the surface. LRO will spend one year in a polar orbit collecting this information. LRO's instrument suite will provide the highest resolution and the most comprehensive data set and the most detailed maps ever returned from the moon. It will carry an additional payload called LCROSS. The identification of water is very important to the future of human activities on the Moon. LCROSS will excavate the permanently dark floor of one of the Moon's polar craters with two heavy impactors to test the theory that ancient ice lies buried there. The impact will eject material from the crater's surface to create a plume that specialized instruments will be able to analyze for the presence of water (ice and vapor), hydrocarbons and hydrated material.

For More Information

http://www.nasa.gov/lro


Credits

Bob Sauls (Frassanito and Associates): Lead Animator
Erica Drezek (HTSI): Producer
Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC): Producer
Erica Drezek (HTSI): Writer
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center and Frassanito and Associates

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Mission:
LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter)

Data Used:
LRO
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This item is part of this series:
LRO - Animations

Goddard TV Tapes:
G2009-030 -- LRO Pre-Launch Resource Tape
G2007-065AHD -- LRO Resource Tape

Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> LRO
SVS >> LOLA
SVS >> LROC
SVS >> LEND
SVS >> LAMP
SVS >> CRaTER
SVS >> Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment (DLRE)
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