Mission 1. LRO Goals

2. Anatomy of a

3. LRO's Instruments


3. LRO's Instruments
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A technician in a clean suit works on LRO. The instruments are labeled. (NASA)

LRO carries seven instruments to study the Moon and its environment:

DLRE (Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment):
measures the temperature of regions on the Moon, even in the dark

LAMP (Lyman Alpha Mapping Project):
looks for water-ice on the Moon's surface

LEND (Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector):
looks for water-ice on and under the Moon's surface

LOLA (Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter):
measures the height of the Moon's features, such as mountains, craters, and valleys

LROC (pronounced "ell-rock;" Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera):
takes pictures of the Moon's surface to understand how it formed

Mini-RF (Miniature Radio Frequency technology demonstration):
uses radar to search for water-ice under the Moon's surface

And of course, CRaTER (Cosmic Ray Telescope for the Effects of Radiation): measures the Moon's radiation environment due to cosmic rays

Ray, the Cosmic Ray

“If you want to know what CRaTER does, go to the Science section."