Space Science Reviews

, Volume 150, Issue 1–4, pp 81–124 | Cite as

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Instrument Overview

  • M. S. Robinson
  • S. M. Brylow
  • M. Tschimmel
  • D. Humm
  • S. J. Lawrence
  • P. C. Thomas
  • B. W. Denevi
  • E. Bowman-Cisneros
  • J. Zerr
  • M. A. Ravine
  • M. A. Caplinger
  • F. T. Ghaemi
  • J. A. Schaffner
  • M. C. Malin
  • P. Mahanti
  • A. Bartels
  • J. Anderson
  • T. N. Tran
  • E. M. Eliason
  • A. S. McEwen
  • E. Turtle
  • B. L. Jolliff
  • H. Hiesinger
Article

Abstract

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Wide Angle Camera (WAC) and Narrow Angle Cameras (NACs) are on the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The WAC is a 7-color push-frame camera (100 and 400 m/pixel visible and UV, respectively), while the two NACs are monochrome narrow-angle linescan imagers (0.5 m/pixel). The primary mission of LRO is to obtain measurements of the Moon that will enable future lunar human exploration. The overarching goals of the LROC investigation include landing site identification and certification, mapping of permanently polar shadowed and sunlit regions, meter-scale mapping of polar regions, global multispectral imaging, a global morphology base map, characterization of regolith properties, and determination of current impact hazards.

Keywords

LRO LROC Instrument Camera Moon Lunar Calibration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. S. Robinson
    • 1
  • S. M. Brylow
    • 2
  • M. Tschimmel
    • 1
  • D. Humm
    • 3
  • S. J. Lawrence
    • 1
  • P. C. Thomas
    • 4
  • B. W. Denevi
    • 1
  • E. Bowman-Cisneros
    • 1
  • J. Zerr
    • 2
  • M. A. Ravine
    • 2
  • M. A. Caplinger
    • 2
  • F. T. Ghaemi
    • 7
  • J. A. Schaffner
    • 2
  • M. C. Malin
    • 2
  • P. Mahanti
    • 1
  • A. Bartels
    • 5
  • J. Anderson
    • 6
  • T. N. Tran
    • 1
  • E. M. Eliason
    • 8
  • A. S. McEwen
    • 8
  • E. Turtle
    • 9
  • B. L. Jolliff
    • 10
  • H. Hiesinger
    • 11
  1. 1.School of Earth and Space ExplorationArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Malin Space Science SystemsSan DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Space Instrument Calibration ConsultingAnnapolisUSA
  4. 4.Center for Radiophysics and Space ResearchCornell UniversityIthacaUSA
  5. 5.National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationGoddard Space Flight CenterGreenbeltUSA
  6. 6.Astrogeology BranchUnited States Geological SurveyFlagstaffUSA
  7. 7.Tony Ghaemi Optical EngineeringSan DiegoUSA
  8. 8.Lunar and Planetary LabUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  9. 9.Applied Physics LabJohns Hopkins UniversityLaurelUSA
  10. 10.Department of Earth and Planetary SciencesWashington UniversitySt. LouisUSA
  11. 11.Institut für PlanetologieWestfälische Wilhelms-UniversitätMünsterGermany

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