Category Archives: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Image Gallery: Earth and Mars as seen from the Moon

Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University. Caption by Adam Voiland

Click on image for larger version. Image Credit: NASA/Goddard/Arizona State University. Caption by Adam Voiland

A great image from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, showing the Earth, and, far in the distance, Mars, which looks like a very tiny speck where the label is near the top of the image. Click on image to zoom in. Mars is much farther away than the Moon! A significantly larger version of the photo is available here.

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NASA uses laser to beam Mona Lisa to the Moon

The Mona Lisa image, before being cleaned up by Reed-Solomon coding, and after.Credit: Xiaoli Sun / NASA Goddard

The Mona Lisa image, before being cleaned up by Reed-Solomon coding, and after.
Credit: Xiaoli Sun / NASA Goddard

Using lasers to communicate at planetary distances is something that may sound like sci-fi, but it is a real technology being developed by NASA as a means of communicating with spacecraft faster and more efficiently than can be done now.

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ASU researchers propose looking for ancient alien artifacts on the Moon

The "Blair Cuspids" photographed by Lunar Orbiter 2 in 1966. Credit: NASA

Two researchers at Arizona State University (ASU) have made a rather controversial proposal: have the public and other researchers study the high-resolution photographs of the Moon already being taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), to look foranomalies that may possibly be evidence of artifacts leftover from previous alien visitation. The theory is that if our solar system had been visited in the past, the Moon would have made an ideal base from which to study the Earth. The paper has just been recently published in the journal Acta Astronautica

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Yes, Virginia, we went to the Moon

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken the highest resolution photos yet of the old Apollo landing sites on the Moon. Previous ones had already been taken in 2009, but these new photos were taken from a newer, lower orbit, which helped to increase the resolution. You can see the rovers and equipment left behind, and even the paths left by both the rovers and astronauts. More images are here and here.

Apollo 12 landing site. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/ASU

Apollo 12 landing site, wider view. Click for larger version. Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/ASU

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter is the “twin” of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, taking the highest resolution images ever from orbit of the Moon and Mars. There are some differences of course, but both spacecraft are revolutionizing our understanding of these worlds. Tomorrow, the GRAIL spacecraft will be launched to the Moon. These two probes, even more like actual twins, will both orbit the Moon in tandem to study its interior and thermal history.

Will these new images finally satisfy those who insist the moon landings were faked? Probably not. All of the anomalies cited in the photos and videos taken by the astronauts have been found to have prosaic explanations, even if some were not widely known or initially understood (and that is an entire subject in itself). We did go to the moon, and these images are a record of that achievement, even after so many years later.

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