University of Maryland
Atlantic Building, Room 2400
4:30 PM Monday, April 26, 2010
Coffee, Tea & Snacks 4:15-4:30 PM

John Keller
Goddard Space Flight Center
Recent Highlights from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Mission

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) was implemented to facilitate scientific and engineering-driven mapping of the lunar surface, identify safe landing sites, search for in situ resources, and measure the space radiation environment. After launch on June 18, 2009, the LRO spacecraft and instruments were activated and calibrated in an eccentric polar lunar orbit until September 15, when LRO was moved to a circular polar orbit with a mean altitude of 50 km. The talk will focus on early results from the mission and on plans for an extended mission under NASA's Science Mission Directorate.

Sponsored by: Department of Physics and the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, University of Maryland. For information call Catha Stewart at (301) 405-4811 or go to the UMD Space Physics group seminar web site.

There is free parking after 4:00 PM in lot B (the big parking garage across the street from the ATL building). There are a limited number of spaces in lot Q next to the new ATL wing with free parking after 4PM even when there is a basketball game on campus.