NASA spacecraft puts moon in new focus

Images from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter show fine details of lunar surface

By Nadia Drake, 11:18 AM June 22, 2011

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After buzzing around the moon for two years, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has beamed more than 192 terabytes of data back to its home planet — more than all the printed information contained in the U.S. Library of Congress, says project scientist Richard Vondrak of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

Among those data are 4 billion measurements made by the orbiter’s laser altimeter, which allowed scientists to construct a detailed elevation map of the...

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