July 2012 Archives

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2073_M

This newly retrieved medium resolution image, frame 2073_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 20 November 1966 at 02:12 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2069_M

This newly retrieved medium resolution image, frame 2069_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 20 November 1966 at 02:12 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2050_H3

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2050_H3, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 19 November 1966 at 15:44 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2050_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2050_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 19 November 1966 at 15:44 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2050_H1

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2050_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 19 November 1966 at 15:44 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2044_M

This newly retrieved medium resolution image, frame 2044_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 19 November 1966 at 15:44 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2034_M

This newly retrieved medium resolution image, frame 2034_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 19 November 1966 at 06:22 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2031_H3

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2031_H3, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 22:23 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

This audio is from a Lunar Orbiter tape made on 24 Feb 1967. In the tape you can hear the techs talking about whether the "Surveyor" or "Luna 9" spacecraft could be seen in any images. Both spacecraft had landed on the lunar surface.

Video: Lunar Orbiter Techs Talk About Crater Kepler in 1967

This audio is from a Lunar Orbiter tape made on 24 Feb 1967. In the tape you can hear the techs talking about an image they were expecting to download the next day - an oblique shot of crater Kepler. At one point, one tech says "The Russians said that they saw smoke rising from Kepler but in the medium [resolution image] there is no smoke present."

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2031_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2031_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 22:23 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Video: Downloading a Lunar Orbiter III image

On 11 August 1967 Lunar Orbiter 5 took one medium resolution and three high resolution images of the central uplift features inside crater Copernicus. These photos exhibit some processing artifacts (splotches) resulting from the film development process aboard the spacecraft. The imagery comparison discussed in the LOIRP poster presentation "The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Comparison of LO Copernicus Central Uplift with LRO LROC Mosaic" at the 2012 Lunar Science Forum is taken from frame h1 - lower right hand portion.

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 5151_H3, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 5 on 11 August 1967 at 11:18 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 5151_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 5 on 11 August 1967 at 11:18 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 5151_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 5 on 11 August 1967 at 11:18 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2031_M

This newly retrieved medium resolution image, frame 2031_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 22:23 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2031_H1

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2031_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 22:23 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Comparing USGS, LOIRP, and LRO Images of Copernicus

The Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Comparison of LO Copernicus Central Uplift with LRO LROC Mosaic. Poster presented by the LOIRP at the 2012 Lunar Science Forum

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Lunar Orbiter II Image 2028_M

This newly retrieved medium resolution image, frame 2028_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 18:54 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Technoarchaeology and Solving the Pioneer Anomaly

"Turyshev and colleagues went searching for Doppler data, the pattern of data communicated back to Earth from the spacecraft, and telemetry data, the housekeeping data sent back from the spacecraft. At the time these two Pioneers were launched, data were still being stored on punch cards. But Turyshev and colleagues were able to copy digitized files from the computer of JPL navigators who have helped steer the Pioneer spacecraft since the 1970s. They also found over a dozen of boxes of magnetic tapes stored under a staircase at JPL and received files from the National Space Science Data Center at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and worked with NASA Ames Research Center to save some of their boxes of magnetic optical tapes. He collected over 43 gigabytes of data, which may not seem like a lot now, but is quite a lot of data for the 1970s. He also managed to save a vintage tape machine that was about to be discarded so that he could play the magnetic tapes."

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Video of Image Retrieval Underway today

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Lunar Orbiter II Image 2015_H3

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2015_H3, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 18:53 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2015_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2015_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 18:53 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2015_H1

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2015_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 18:53 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2017_M

This newly retrieved medium resolution image, frame 2017_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 15:25 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2015_H1

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2015_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 15:25 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2013_H3

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2013_H3, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 15:25 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2013_H2

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2013_H2, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 15:25 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2013_H1

This newly retrieved high resolution image, frame 2013_H1, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 15:25 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Happy Anniversary To Our Older Cousin Telstar

Bell Labs Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Telstar and Birth of Modern Communications

"Bell Labs, the research arm of Alcatel-Lucent will celebrate one of its great historical achievements with the 50th anniversary of the launch of Telstar I, the world's first active communications satellite. The launch on July 10, 1962, in partnership with NASA, ushered in the era of modern communications including real-time global telephone service, data communications and TV broadcasting. Telstar I, a sphere roughly a yard in diameter and weighing about 170 pounds, was a technology 'tour de force,' incorporating dozens of innovations from Bell Labs, including the transistor and solar panels, and was powered by 3,600 solar cells also invented by Bell Labs in 1954. The satellite could carry 600 voice calls and one black-and-white TV channel."

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2013_M

This newly retrieved medium resolution image, frame 2013_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 15:25 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

Lunar Orbiter II Image 2011_M

This newly retrieved medium resolution image, frame 2011_M, was taken by Lunar Orbiter 2 on 18 November 1966 at 15:25 GMT LPI reference. Images: [large at LOIRP] [Very Large at NASA NLSI]

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