Space agency NASA probe to the Moon came closer than ever. It seems that we are waiting for a series of new scientific discoveries about our neighbor. On May 4, an automatic interplanetary station Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LRO, has performed a maneuver by changing orbit. Now, from the south pole of the moon probe is separated 20 km from the north – 165 km. In keeping with the previous course, the lunar orbiter could get closer to the south pole of the satellite at 30 km. We have reduced the orbit of LRO and probe closer to the moon.
This maneuver is not significantly different from the previous ones, so the mission team knew exactly what to do, said Steve Odendal Steve Odendahl, head of the mission LRO from Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt agency NASA. MD. According to John Keller, the researcher LRO mission also from Goddard Space Flight Center, reduced orbit probe LRO significantly increases the accuracy of the 6 scientific instruments space probe. This will give scientists an opportunity to learn more about water ice and other compounds at the poles of the moon. Moon’s poles continue to pose a mystery to science. There are craters that have never penetrated the sun’s rays and where there is a low temperature, says Keller. For 2 instruments aboard LRO orbit reduction was of particular significance.
This laser altimeter LOLA Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter, which is used to produce an accurate map of the lunar surface and DLRE Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment, used to measure the thermal radiation of the lunar surface and its changes during the day. As we approach the lunar surface lasers LOLA will send a strong signal that will study in detail the geography of north and south poles of the moon. With regard to the radiometer DLRE, after the change of orbit, he will be able to accurately capture the differences of daytime and nighttime temperatures. During the mission, LRO scientists will be able to find new evidence of water ice on the moon. The information will continue to be used by researchers NASA and other space agencies in planning manned missions to the moon.