This is the first comprehensive source of information on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission. With expert contributions, the book describes the scientific objectives, mission design, flight system, and the instruments that carry out these investigations.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was successfully launched on June 18, 2009 and joined an international eet of satellites (Japan's SELENE/Kaguya, China's Chang'E, and India's Chandrayaan-1) that have recently orbited the Moon for scienti c exploration p- poses. LRO is the rst step to ful ll the US national space goal to return humans to the Moon's surface, which is a primary objective of NASA's Exploration Systems Mission - rectorate (ESMD). TheinitialLROmissionphasehasaone-yeardurationfullyfundedunder ESMD support. LRO is expected to have an extended phase of operations for at least two additional years to undertake further lunar science measurements that are directly linked to objectives outlined in the National Academy of Science's report on the Scienti c Context for Exploration of the Moon (SCEM). All data from LRO will be deposited in the Planetary Data System (PDS) archive so as to be usable for both exploration and science by the widest possible community. A NASA Announcement of Opportunity (AO) solicited proposals for LRO instruments with associated exploration measurement investigations. A rigorous evaluation process - volving scienti c peer review, in combination with technical, cost and management risk assessments, recommended six instruments for LRO development and deployment. The competitively selected instruments are: Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Rad- tion (CRaTER), Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment (DLRE), Lyman-Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP), Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector (LEND), Lunar Orbiter Laser - timeter (LOLA), and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC).
Preface.- Foreword: An Exploration-Driven Renaissance in Lunar Science.- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO): Observations for Lunar Exploration and Science.- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission and Spacecraft Design.- The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Laser Ranging Investigation.- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Instrument Overview.- The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment.- LAMP: The Lyman Alpha Mapping Project on NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission.- Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector for the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.- The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter Investigation on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission.- CRaTER: The Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation Experiment on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission.- The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Miniature Radio Frequency (Mini-RF) Technology Demonstration.
This book is the only current comprehensive source of information on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission
Details the search for lunar resources and accessible water leading to a sustainable human occupation
With contributions by international experts