From the October 2011 issue

Watch LRO and LCROSS in action

NASA’s videos of its two famous lunar probes help provide a better sense of their abilities and accomplishments.
By | Published: October 24, 2011 | Last updated on May 18, 2023
Peter H. Schultz describes some of the biggest and latest findings researchers have discovered about our natural satellite in his December 2011 story, “New clues to the Moon’s distant past.” Thanks to the troves of data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) probes, we’ve learned more about the makeup of the Moon’s crust, how some of the dark maria came to be, the presence of water on the world, and more.