June 2011 Archives

LOIRP Gets a Special Visitor

Keith Cowing, LOIRP Co-lead, and former NASA Administrator Dan Goldin during a visit by Goldin to the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) at Building 596 at NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA on 21 June 2011. Keith's note: Having Dan visit was really cool. It was great to have him stop by and visit our rebel operation. I really enjoyed showing him around. Dan asked a string of very sharp, cogent questions and offered us some valuable advice. He totally gets the value of such things and the importance of history - and that we have adopted the mantra of "older-better-cheaper". Dan was at Ames as part of the memorial services for the late Baruch "Barry" Blumberg. Barry was a mutual friend of ours. As I mentioned at the memorial ceremony, Barry once told me "you and Dan are a lot alike. I just wish you two could get along". Well, after Barry's passing, we do. Barry's amazing "people skills" continue to work their magic. FYI the tape drive we were standing directly in front of was operating and is rather loud.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Explores Tycho's Central Peak

On 10 June 2011 the LRO spacecraft slewed 65 degrees to the west, allowing the LROC NACs to capture this dramatic sunrise view of Tycho crater. More information.

Lunar Orbiter 2 frame 2013_M

This newly retrieved medium resolution image, frame 2013_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 15:25:09 GMT LPI reference Images: [Medium]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2177_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2177_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 24 November 1966 at 10:33:09 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2175_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2175_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 24 November 1966 at 10:33:04 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2018_H1

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2018_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 15:25:20 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2018_H2

This newly retrieved resolution image, frame 2018_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 15:25:20 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2173_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2173_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 24 November 1966 at 10:33:04 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

First TV Image of Mars From Mariner IV in 1964 - Hand Colored

A 'real-time data translator' machine converted a Mariner 4 digital image data into numbers printed on strips of paper. Too anxious to wait for the official processed image, employees from the Voyager Telecommunications Section at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, attached these strips side by side to a display panel and hand colored the numbers like a paint-by-numbers picture. More.

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2175_H1

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2175_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 24 November 1966 at 10:32:59 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2173_H1

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2173_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 24 November 1966 at 10:32:59 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

NASA Details Achievements Of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

NASA has declared full mission success for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). LRO changed our view of the entire moon and brought it into sharper focus with unprecedented detail. NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) operated the LRO spacecraft and its instruments during the one-year mission phase. Now that the final data from the instruments have been added to the agency's Planetary Data System, the mission has completed the full success requirements. The data system, which is publicly available, archives data from past and present planetary missions as well as astronomical observations and laboratory data.

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2172_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2172_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 24 November 1966 at 10:32:56 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2157_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2157_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 23 November 1966 at 17:05:35 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

NASA PDS Release 6 of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Data

The NASA Planetary Data System is pleased to announce a new delivery of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) data for the following instruments: CRaTER, DLRE, LAMP, LEND, LOLA, LROC and Mini-RF. Radio Science Tracking data will be released shortly. SPICE data will be released later this summer.

In general, LRO Release 6 includes data collected between December 15, 2010 and March 14, 2011.

To access the above data, please visit the following link: http://pds.nasa.gov/subscription_service/SS-20110615.html

PDS offers two services for searching the LRO archives:

1. The Planetary Image Atlas at the Imaging Node allows selection of LRO data by specific search criteria: http://pds-imaging.jpl.nasa.gov/search/lro/

2. The Lunar Orbital Data Explorer at the Geosciences Node allows searching and downloading of LRO data and other lunar orbital data sets (Clementine and Lunar Prospector): http://ode.rsl.wustl.edu/moon/

LRO SPICE ancillary data may be obtained at: http://naif.jpl.nasa.gov/naif/data_archived.html

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2148_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2148_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 23 November 1966 at 13:36:28 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2157_H1

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2157_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 23 November 1966 at 17:05:35 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2148_H1

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2148_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 23 November 1966 at 13:36:28 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2129_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2129_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 22 November 1966 at 23:47:13 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2129_H1

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2129_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 22 November 1966 at 23:47:13 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2130_H3

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2130_H3, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 22 November 1966 at 23:47:13 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2128_M

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2128_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 19 November 1966 at 20:18:27 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2115_H3

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2115_H3, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 22 November 1966 at 16:49:13 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2115_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2115_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 22 November 1966 at 16:49:13 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2086_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2086_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 20 November 1966 at 19:37:53 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lee Scherer

Lee Scherer, KSC's 2nd leader, dies at 91, Florida Today

"Lee Scherer, who led Kennedy Space Center through its last major transition between human spaceflight programs, will be remembered in a service later this month near his home in San Diego, Calif. Scherer, KSC's second center director from 1975 to 1979, died May 7 at age 91. ... Joining NASA in 1962 on loan from the Navy, Scherer managed a program that launched five lunar orbiters mapping Apollo landing sites."

Keith's note: We were beyond thrilled to have Lee Scherer visit our Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) operation at NASA Ames in November 2008 as we released the newly retrieved and restored "Earthrise" image taken by Lunar Orbiter 1 in 1966. As he walked into Building 596 (aka "McMoons" - it used to be a McDonalds) Lee was clearly stunned to see that we had found all of this old stuff and got it working again. We all had a tear in our eyes - it was like being in a Star Trek episode where something comes back from the past to a future where it simply should not exist.

At one point Lee told a story about some kids in his neighborhood who asked about an old picture he had hanging in his garage. Of course, it was the famous Earthrise image. You can imagine his reaction to seeing it presented in all its glory in a way not possible (technically) in 1966 - but in a way that now truly matched what one's mind's eye saw when this image first went viral in 1966. More than a generation later this image inspired the mission patch for STS-130 - the shuttle flight that carried a piece of the summit of Mt. Everest and four small Apollo 11 moon rocks that had been to the summit up to the International Space Station. The past meets the future once again.

Ad astra Lee.

(L to R) Greg Schmidt (NLSI), astronaut Yvonne Cagle, Lee Scherer, Lee's son, and LOIRP co-lead Dennis Wingo. Next to Lee Scherer are the original Lunar Orbiter tapes still backed in their archival containers.

(L to R) LOIRP co-lead Dennis Wingo, Lee Scherer, LOIRP engineer Ken Zin, and Nancy Evans. Ken ZIn is explainin gthe restoration process hwereby orignal FR-900 tape drives were brought back to life after 40 years.

(L to R) Lee Scherer, Nancy Evans, and Dennis Wingo stand in front of a restored FR-900 tape drive

Lee Scherer signs the newly operational FR-900 tape drive used to read the original Lunar Orbiter data tapes.

TheLunar Orbiter 1 "Earthrise" image of Earth taken on 23 August 1966. Top: original- bottom: restored by LOIRP.

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2081_M

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2081_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 20 November 1966 at 16:16:08 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

Lunar Orbiter 2 Frame 2051_M

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2051_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 19 November 1966 at 19:13:24 GMT LPI reference Images: [large] [Very Large]

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