A New Moon Rises

Did you know a decade ago NASA launched a spacecraft to map the surface of the Moon? Did you know that spacecraft is still orbiting the Moon to this day?

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is a robotic spacecraft equipped with a variety of instruments to help record data about the Moon’s surface.

One of those tools is the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC). The LROC has returned terabytes of image data capturing the dramatic landscapes of the Moon. These images are contributing to a new understanding of the Moon and its geology.

Our new exhibit, A New Moon Rises, showcases some of those breathtaking images from Apollo landing sites to majestic mountains that rise out of the darkness of the lunar poles.

The large prints presented in this exhibit reveal a celestial neighbor that is surprisingly dynamic, full of grandeur and wonder. Discover A New Moon Rises now through April 28 at Space Center Houston in Astronaut Gallery.

A New Moon Rises is included in general admission.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC)

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) LROC is actually a system of three separate cameras, two telescopic Narrow Angle Cameras (NACs), and one Wide Angle Camera (WAC). Together the cameras have taken the highest resolution photos of the Moon to date and have mapped its surface in visible, near infrared, and ultraviolet light.

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