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The Moon, Up Close

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) equipped with a powerful camera, has provided some of the most detailed images of the moon ever available. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, shoots images at 25 cm per pixel, previous images only achieved 1 or 2 meters per pixel. These images have led the way for major discoveries, like these geologic features, but they also are allowing us to see the moon as never before. We even can look back at where the Apollo astronauts first walked on the surface.

Thomas Watters, a participating scientist for LRO, hopes to capture the entire moon in this detail, but so far LROC has captured just under 50 percent. Learn more about LROC, and see many other incredible images on the LROC image gallery.