Three years ago, a camera aboard NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was struck by a tiny meteoroid as it was capturing an image of the lunar surface. By studying the resulting zigzag patterns, scientists have been able to estimate the speed and size of the offending object.
Using data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA has created the highest-resolution, most accurate map of the surface of the moon ever. Great. Now let’s pick a spot to park our spaceships and let’s get back there pronto.
As part of Saturday’s International Observe the Moon Night, NASA fired a ton of lasers at the moon. They weren’t declaring war on alien life form or trying to melt the cheese – instead they were tracking the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.