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Picture of the Week: Peek-A-Boo August 8, 2008

Posted by Nick Azer in Lunar Reconaissance Orbiter, Picture of the Week, selenodesy, Selenology, Vision for Space Exploration.

That is a picture of a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mockup, with the Narrow Angle Camera being looked at by a team member identified as ‘Cathy’ (which, looking at the team’s members, is probably the Deputy Project Manager Catherine Peddie).

The LRO is the first major mission of the Vision for Space Exploration era of NASA, with an expected launch of February 27, 2009. It’s mission is largely one of documentation, with a more in-depth look at the selenology and selenodesy of the moon in preparation for the set-up of colonies there before 2030 or so. In addition to what will assuredly be lots of neat, pretty pictures, the LRO will send back valuable information about radiation, water, and other key environmental elements that may or may not be present on the moon.


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