Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter


    Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

    The LRO instruments return global data, such as day-night temperature maps, a global geodetic grid, high resolution color imaging and the moon's UV albedo. However there is particular emphasis on the polar regions of the moon where continuous access to solar illumination may be possible and the prospect of water in the permanently shadowed regions at the poles may exist. Although the objectives of LRO are explorative in nature, the payload includes instruments with considerable heritage from previous planetary science missions, enabling transition, after one year, to a science phase under NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

    LRO Faculty

    William Boynton

    Professor Emeritus

    Astrobiology, Cosmochemistry, Lunar Studies, Small Bodies

    Veronica Bray

    Associate Research Professor

    Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Surfaces

    Lynn Carter

    Associate Professor, University Distinguished Scholar

    Earth, Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Geophysics, Planetary Surfaces, Titan & Outer Solar System

    Alfred McEwen

    Regents Professor

    Astrobiology, Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Geophysics, Planetary Surfaces

    Michael Nolan

    Deputy Principal Investigator, OSIRIS-APEX, Research Professor

    Small Bodies

    LRO Faculty

    Sarah Sutton

    Photogrammetry Program Lead, HiRISE, Researcher/Scientist

    Earth, Lunar Studies, Planetary Analogs, Planetary Surfaces, Small Bodies

    LRO Faculty

    Kris Akers

    Research Engineering Technician

    Michael Fitzgibbon

    Software Engineer, Lead Calibration & Validation, OSIRIS-REx

    Karl Harshman

    Manager, OSIRIS-REx/SPOC