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First Instrument Delivered for Asteroid Sample Return Mission

The first of five instruments for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, which will collect a sample from an asteroid and bring it back to Earth, has arrived at Lockheed Martin for installation.

Team Prepares for Next Step in NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

With launch only 15 months away, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx team is preparing to deliver instruments for integration with the spacecraft that will travel to, and collect a sample from, an asteroid.

NASA's LRO Moves Closer to the Lunar Surface

The spacecraft completed a maneuver that lowered its orbit to within 20 kilometers (12 miles) above areas near the lunar South Pole, the closest the spacecraft has ever been to the moon's surface.

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission Passes Critical Milestone

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to retrieve a sample from an asteroid has passed the critical milestone that represents the transition from development to delivery of systems, testing and integration.

NASA's LRO Spacecraft Finds March 2013 Impact Crater and More

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired images before and after a boulder-sized object hit the surface in March 2013, causing a flash of light 10 times as bright as anything recorded before.

OSIRIS-REx Mission Successfully Completes System Integration Review

With the successful completion of the System Integration Review, the project can proceed with assembling and testing the spacecraft in preparation for launch in September 2016.

Lunar Hydrogen More Abundant on Moon's Pole-Facing Slopes

Recent observations by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter found more hydrogen-bearing deposits on crater slopes that face the lunar south pole than those that face the equator.

A View of the Moon From The Other Side

Ever wonder what the phases of the moon would look like if you were facing the far side? Data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter makes that visualization possible. (Video)

'Shooting the Moon' with Satellite Laser Ranging

Laser ranging from Earth to NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was a milestone in the 50-year history of satellite laser ranging.

The Long, Strange Trip of Asteroid Bennu

A new animation from NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center depicts what is known and what remains mysterious about the early solar system and asteroid Bennu, the target for the OSIRIS-REx mission.

NASA’s LRO Spacecraft Captures Images of LADEE’s Impact Crater

NASA’S Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has spied a new crater on the lunar surface, made by the impact of NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission.

MAVEN Ultraviolet Image of Comet Siding Spring’s Hydrogen Coma

NASA’s MAVEN spacecraft captured an ultraviolet image of hydrogen surrounding comet Siding Spring. The cloud was about a half degree across, comparable in size to Earth’s moon as seen from Earth.

NASA-led Study Sees Titan Glowing at Dusk and Dawn

New maps of Saturn’s moon Titan reveal large patches of two trace gases shining brightly near the north pole, on the dusk side of the moon, and near the south pole, on the dawn side.

LRO Finds Widespread Evidence of Young Lunar Volcanism

Scores of distinctive rock deposits seen by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter provide strong evidence the moon’s volcanic activity slowed gradually instead of stopping abruptly a billion years ago.

Electric Sparks May Alter Evolution of Lunar Soil

Severe solar storms could generate enough electric charge in the top layer of the lunar surface to crack moon dust and may have changed the very nature of the moon's polar soil.

3-D Study of Comets Reveals Chemical Factory at Work

A NASA-led team of scientists has created detailed 3-D maps of the atmospheres surrounding comets, identifying several gases and mapping their spread at the highest resolution ever achieved.

Canada Contributes to NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Mission

The Canadian Space Agency announced that it will furnish a sophisticated laser-based mapping system, designed to create unprecedented 3-D maps of asteroid Bennu, for NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission.

Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts, Reveal Details of How 'Man in the Moon' Formed

New observations from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal more than 200 steep-walled lunar pits, some of which might lead to caves that future astronauts could explore and use for shelter.

A New Look at the Apollo 11 Landing Site

In honor of the 45th anniversary of Apollo 11’s touchdown on the moon, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter offers a fresh perspective on the historic landing site.

Soaring Over the Moon’s Mt. Hadley

NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured an oblique view of the Apollo 15 landing site, nestled between the moon’s towering Apennine mountains and the valley of Hadley Rille.

LRO's 'Moon as Art' Collection Revealed

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter celebrated its fifth anniversary in space with the “Moon as Art” contest. The results are in, and the winner is an image of Tycho crater’s central peak.

NASA Missions Let Scientists See Moon’s Dancing Tide From Orbit

Scientists combined observations from NASA’s LRO and GRAIL missions to check out the moon’s lopsided shape and how it changes under Earth’s sway – a response not seen from orbit before.

NASA, Sky-Watchers to Look for May Camelopardalids Meteor Shower

The new Camelopardalids meteor shower may light up the sky in the early morning hours of May 24, 2014. Goddard scientists Stefanie Milam and Amy Simon discussed the event in TV interviews on May 23.

Voting Begins for LRO’s ‘Moon as Art’ Contest

To help NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter celebrate five years in orbit, the public is invited to vote for the cover image for a special “Moon as Art” collection. Voting closes June 6, 2014.

LRO View of Earth

Only rarely do opportunities arise for LRO's instruments to capture views of Earth.
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