In 2013, the NASA Lunar Science Institute produced the successful Lunar Gallery as an artistic look at Earth’s Moon that showcased selected lunar images. The images were chosen for their aesthetic rather than scientific value, with art working as a tool for science to inspire curiosity and understanding of the Moon. The Lunar Gallery was included in the inaugural package at the second inauguration of Barack Obama. Over 20,000 copies have been distributed, and a walk-thru exhibit of large format displays was created as a companion piece that has been on display in the Arecibo Observatory Museum in Puerto Rico, and the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, CA.

Download a pdf copy of the Lunar Gallery or download the Spanish version of the Lunar Gallery.

SSERVI is working on a follow-on project that will showcase highlights of NASA’s solar system science and exploration efforts. SSERVI Teams, as well as the public, can submit candidate images that are relevant to human exploration by sending an email to with “SSERVI Gallery” in the subject line. Please include relevant captions and permissions info for submitted images.

To celebrate its 5th Anniversary, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission presents Moon As Art! The images in the collection were created using data gathered by LRO over the first 4.5 years of operations. These top 5 images are presented to you, the public, to decide which will be the cover of the Moon As Art collection. Voting is open from May 23 — June 6th at The winner will be announced with the release of the full collection on June 18, 2014, the 5th anniversary of LRO launch.

Now LRO is producing another ‘Moon as Art’ collection to celebrate the anniversary and LRO’s many scientific contributions. NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) will celebrate five years in orbit June 18, and NASA is inviting the public to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover of this special image collection.

“‘The Moon as Art’ collection gives the public the opportunity to see the moon as others have seen it for centuries – as an inspirational muse – but this time from the perspective of being in orbit with a series of ‘eyes’ that see in different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum,” said Brooke Hsu, SSERVI’s science education specialist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute/Universities Space Research Association in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The public can vote on the final cover image from five possible candidates selected because of their beauty and/or scientific value by orbiter mission team members. The winning cover image will be announced June 18 with the release of the full Moon as Art collection of 24 images.

Voting begins Friday and will close June 6. The public can vote at

LRO launched from Florida on June 18, 2009. After a four-day journey, the orbiter successfully entered lunar orbit June 23. In the five years since, LRO has brought the world astounding views of the lunar surface and a plethora of exciting science data.

“LRO has been a remarkable mission with discoveries that have given us insight into solar system history and the inner workings of the moon,” said John Keller, LRO project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. “After five years, LRO continues to make ground breaking discoveries.”

LRO is managed by Goddard for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

For more information on LRO, visit:

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: NASA

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