Lunar Orbiter was designed to photograph the lunar surface for the Apollo program. It’s cameras were to provide the first clear images of the far side of the Moon. Interest in the Lunar Orbiter program has recently revived with the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP), an effort to digitize and restore data tapes from the five 1966 and 1967 Lunar Orbiter spacecraft that were sent to the Moon.

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  • NLSI’s team at Brown/MIT finds new rock type on the Moon

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    “These are very unusual areas,” said NLSI team member Carle Pieters, a planetary geologist at Brown University in Providence, R.I., who reported the finding November 2 at a meeting of the Geological Society of America.

    Pieters has dubbed the new rock type OOS, because it is rich in the minerals orthopyroxene, olivine and [...]

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The Moon's magnetic field is 100 to 1000 times weaker than the Earth's.

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