NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Mission Team is producing high resolution global maps of the Moon and is also searching for sources of water-ice that might be found in permanently shadowed polar craters. Water-ice could be important for future exploration of the Moon. USGS scientists Dr. Lisa Gaddis, Dr. Brent Archinal, and Dr. Laz Kestay are participating scientists on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) team, and Dr. Larry Soderblom is a member of the DIVINER Lunar Radiometer Experiment team. Dr. Randolph Kirk is involved with the Mini-RF instrument, which is able to "see" into the permanently shadowed craters on the Moon and enables production of RADAR maps with a resolution of up to 7.5 meters/pixel. Several Astrogeology Science Center programming staff support the LRO data processing pipeline.
LRO continues to add valuable data to the world's lunar data repositories, fueling more exciting discoveries!