The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) is NASA's premier spacecraft in orbit around the moon. The LRO exploration objectives are to finding safe landing sites, locate potential resources, characterize the radiation environment, and demonstrate new technology as part of a plan to return to the moon and then to travel to Mars and beyond. LRO launched on 2009 June 18 and after commissioning, it was placed in low (50 km altitude) polar orbit and began its prime 1-year mission on 2009 September 15. LRO has returned global data, such as day-night temperature maps, a global geodetic grid, high resolution color imaging and the moon's UV albedo. LRO is now in its second mission phase under the direction of NASA Science Mission Directorate and is locating water frost on the moon.
LAMP (Lyman Alpha Mapping Project) is an ultraviolet imaging spectrograph instrument on LRO. Its objectives focus on mapping the moon's UV albedo to generally investigate the permanently shadowed regions at its poles and search for water ice on its surface there if it exists. LAMP also is in the process of assaying the tenuous lunar atmosphere.
This website is for internal use by the LAMP science team; however, there is a public webpage for the LAMP project. On some of the tabs on the left side of this page, you can find some current LRO information and LAMP data such as views of our latest images and spectra, maps, and times of LRO signal contact and equator crossings. See the Related Links tab for further exploration of LRO and LAMP related sites. All LAMP data are made publicly available through the Planetary Data System.