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Recent News

  • The first successful 3-way simultaneous LRO pass occurred Monday 1 November 2010 at 14:00Z between the NGSLR, MLRS and Monument Peak stations. Five other 3-way simultaneous passes also occurred that week. Click HERE to view a plot of all 3 station's events in the LOLA Earth Window for the 2 November pass at 16:00Z.
  • Goddard participated in International Observe the Moon Night on September 18, 2010 by opening the Goddard Geophysical and Astronomical Observatory to the public who were treated to tours of NGSLR and MOBLAS-7 as well as seeing the two systems ranging simultaneously to the Moon. The event was featured in an article in
  • Using LR and LOLA, the LOLA Science Team has been able to "transfer time" from the Earth stations to LRO. Preliminary results suggest that the LRO clock can be correlated with an Earth clock to at least a milliisecond.
  • NASA press release on LRO-LR and NASA GSFC support is available at: NASA Goddard Shoots the Moon to Track LRO.
  • LRO-LR included in MSNBC's Year in Space 2009 highlights (see slide 8).
  • An article has been published in NERC's Planet Earth Online highlighting Herstmonceux's support of LRO-LR.
  • NGSLR, Greenbelt (MOBLAS-7), McDonald (MLRS), Herstmonceux, Zimmerwald, Wettzell, Hartebeesthoek (MOBLAS-6), Yarragadee (MOBLAS-5), Monument Peak (MOBLAS-4), and Grasse have all successfully ranged to LRO.
  • Participating stations have accumulated over 2500 hours of successful ranging to LRO.
  • Public tour of GGAO was held on August 1st as part of the LRO "Back to the Moon" public outreach. See pictures!
  • LR on-orbit calibrations with the High Gain Antenna and NGSLR were successfully performed on October 4th and 5th, 2009.
  • The Mission Mapping Orbit (50 km circular) ended in December. LRO is now in its elliptical Extended Mission Orbit (~ 30 km x 200 km).
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