NASA Scientist Leading Lecture, Discussion
By Rob Gutro, Lora Bleacher and editor Rob Garner, NASA Goddard
The public is invited to a free talk called “Revisiting the Apollo 17 Landing with Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)” with NASA Research Scientist Noah Petro in the Pickford Theater, third floor, Madison Building, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, on December 6, 2016, 11:30am-12:30pm (EST).
Petro is deputy project scientist for the LRO mission at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. LRO is currently orbiting the moon and has been for over seven years. According to Petro, remote-sensing observations of the moon by the LRO have given scientists the data to develop new interpretations of the complex geology of the Taurus-Littrow Valley, the landing site of the last manned lunar mission.
“The data from LRO allow us to revisit the Apollo landing sites, giving a modern view of these exploration targets,” Petro said. “With these fresh perspectives, we put the successes of the Apollo program into a new context, which allows us to make new interpretations of their landing sites. In addition, the data allows us to put the priceless samples they collected into a new context.”
Many images will be shown of the Apollo 17 landing site. The LRO image had a particularly desirable lighting condition that allowed visibility of additional details. The Apollo Lunar Surface Experiment Package, a set of scientific instruments placed by the astronauts at the landing site, is discernable, as are the faint trails between the module and instrument package left by the astronauts’ footprints.
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For directions, visit www.loc.gov/visit/maps-and-floor-plans.
For the related Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Apollo story and images, visit www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/LRO/multimedia/lroimages/apollosites.html.