NASA Returns to the Moon

Artist rendering of the LRO spacecraft.  Image credit:  NASA

Artist rendering of the LRO spacecraft. Image credit: NASA

Although its Wednesday liftoff was bumped by the shuttle, when the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) lifts off later this week, as is scheduled, it will orbit the moon in search of information that will help with planning a long-term human presence on the moon.  The LRO will evaluate potential landing sites, seek out useful resources such as ice, measure cosmic rays, and will provide detailed mapping of the moon’s surface.  For more information, see Scientific American.

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