img

Summary

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is a NASA robotic spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon on a low 50 km polar mapping orbit.[1] The LRO mission is a precursor to future manned missions to the Moon by NASA. To this end a detailed mapping program will identify safe landing sites, locate potential resources on the Moon, characterize the radiation environment, and demonstrate new technology.

Cospar ID

2009-031a

Launch Date

18 June 2009 21:32:00 UTC

Duration

one year, extended mission of up to five years

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunar_Reconnaissance_Orbiter

http://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/