The LRO Project announces the availability of Volume 2 of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter special issue of Icarus.

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) mission has shifted our understanding of the history of the Moon. The seven instruments on LRO have each contributed to creating new paradigms for the evolution of the Moon by providing unprecedented measurements of the surface, subsurface, and lunar environment.

In the second volume of the LRO Special Issue, 21 papers represent a broad range of the areas of investigation from LRO, from the volatile inventory, to the shape of the Moons surface, to its rich volcanic history, and the interactions between the lunar surface and the space environment. These themes provide rich science for the instrument teams, as well as for the broader science community who continue to use the LRO data in their research.

Each paper uses publicly available data from one or more instruments on LRO, illustrating the value of a robust spacecraft. For example, the production of high-resolution topographic data products from the LRO Camera Narrow Angle Camera (Henriksen et al., pp. 122–137, this issue) rely on the accurate geodetic grid produced by the LOLA instrument (Mao et al., pp. 55–69, this issue; Smith et al., pp. 70–91, this issue). Additionally, analysis of LRO data coupled with other spacecraft data, such as LADEE (Hurley et al., pp. 31–37, this issue) and GRAIL (e.g., Jozwiak et al., pp. 224–231, this issue) illustrate the utility of merging not only data from multiple instruments, but also multiple orbital platforms. These synergistic studies show the value of the inter-team approach adopted by the LRO mission.

This second volume represents the culmination of an extensive effort to highlight the high-quality science still being produced by the LRO instrument teams, even after more than seven years in orbit at the Moon.

The special issue can be found at:

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: LRO team

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