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post Jun 19 2009, 11:25 AM
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I know it may be too early for such a thread, but an announcement has to be made.

The official website of the LROC camera is:

http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/

A brief description plus status is available here:

http://www.msss.com/lro/lroc/index.html
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post Jun 28 2009, 03:36 AM
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Indeed. There's mounting evidence that Kapton isn't really very durable over time, esp. when exposed to extreme heat. I suspect that the material on the descent stages may have long since crumbled away.


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post Jul 2 2009, 02:16 PM
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I was the contractor on the LM-2 job. I was really shocked at the quality of the sun-facing Kapton sheets. They only had the 2 mil aluminized Kapton on LM-2 and it broke apart in your hands - not brittle, just a kind of mushy break. It was very dull - looked a bit like the Vbar side of the Kapton coverings from the early Shuttle flights (the elbow camera on the arm for example) which got "eaten" away by atomic oxygen in low earth orbit. For LM-2 we replaced the old stuff with proper variations of Kapton (1/2, 2 and 5 mil thicknesses) so if the complete restoration is not done soon, we might get some idea about how different thicknesses of Kapton handle the heat and light in the relatively benign environment of the museum.

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Indeed. There's mounting evidence that Kapton isn't really very durable over time, esp. when exposed to extreme heat. I suspect that the material on the descent stages may have long since crumbled away.


Well, the multi-layer blankets (~20-30 sheets) were constrained around standoffs and were well built with taped seams and different hardware to hold them together. We might see the outer layer, which was screwed to the standoffs, crumble, but the inner layers will peel in sections - my guess is that there will be quite a bit left on the spacecraft once the exterior sheets have popped off from the stresses of their attachment.
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- Zvezdichko   LROC news and images   Jun 19 2009, 11:25 AM
- - Greg Hullender   At the moment, they're saying not to expect im...   Jun 23 2009, 02:49 PM
- - AndyG   Curious as to the soon-to-be demonstrated LROC res...   Jun 24 2009, 10:20 AM
|- - Greg Hullender   QUOTE (AndyG @ Jun 24 2009, 02:20 AM) Des...   Jun 24 2009, 01:59 PM
|- - MahFL   I look forward to the LRO images of the human hard...   Jun 24 2009, 02:40 PM
- - jabe   Looks like LOI-2 was successful..... see here jb   Jun 24 2009, 10:56 AM
- - ilbasso   I'm very much looking forward to those photos,...   Jun 24 2009, 03:08 PM
- - djellison   The admin call is yeah - it's good to talk abo...   Jun 24 2009, 03:18 PM
|- - AndyG   QUOTE (djellison @ Jun 24 2009, 04:18 PM)...   Jun 24 2009, 03:53 PM
|- - Zvezdichko   QUOTE (djellison @ Jun 24 2009, 03:18 PM)...   Jun 24 2009, 06:13 PM
|- - SFJCody   I would like to get a look at the ALSEP packages. ...   Jun 24 2009, 07:33 PM
- - brellis   I already can't wait for a surface visit to th...   Jun 24 2009, 07:39 PM
- - belleraphon1   Speaking historically, hope LRO can tell how clo...   Jun 24 2009, 08:49 PM
- - dvandorn   Actually the A14 EVA-2 track is quite well worked ...   Jun 24 2009, 09:00 PM
- - lyford   Well we have an good before and after.... Moonview...   Jun 24 2009, 10:33 PM
|- - belleraphon1   QUOTE (lyford @ Jun 24 2009, 06:33 PM) We...   Jun 24 2009, 11:06 PM
- - ilbasso   In addition to the 400+ heating and cooling cycles...   Jun 25 2009, 01:58 AM
|- - John Moore   QUOTE (ilbasso @ Jun 25 2009, 02:58 AM) I...   Jun 26 2009, 05:00 PM
|- - John Moore   QUOTE (John Moore @ Jun 26 2009, 06:00 PM...   Jun 26 2009, 05:11 PM
- - Phil Stooke   Actually we know how close the Apollo 14 crew got ...   Jun 25 2009, 01:58 AM
|- - belleraphon1   QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Jun 24 2009, 09:58 P...   Jun 26 2009, 11:22 AM
- - ilbasso   Also potentially pertinent to the appearance of th...   Jun 27 2009, 11:54 PM
- - nprev   Indeed. There's mounting evidence that Kapton ...   Jun 28 2009, 03:36 AM
|- - Paul Fjeld   I was the contractor on the LM-2 job. I was really...   Jul 2 2009, 02:16 PM
- - mchan   How much of that evidence is at 1 std atm vs near ...   Jun 28 2009, 07:11 AM
- - djellison   Just look at Hubble Insulation. It's crumblin...   Jun 28 2009, 08:32 AM
|- - mcaplinger   QUOTE (djellison @ Jun 28 2009, 01:32 AM)...   Jun 28 2009, 03:03 PM
- - nprev   There are a lot of other interesting potential var...   Jun 28 2009, 09:03 AM
- - Zvezdichko   http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/news/?archives/57...there...   Jun 28 2009, 10:23 AM
- - Zvezdichko   http://lroupdate.blogspot.com/ LROC camera turned...   Jul 1 2009, 06:04 AM
- - jabe   looks like first pics are up if I'm reading it...   Jul 2 2009, 05:41 PM
- - Stu   Thanks for that! Gorgeous... just gorgeous.....   Jul 2 2009, 05:52 PM
- - Zvezdichko   These images came early   Jul 2 2009, 05:58 PM
- - Zvezdichko   A WAC image also appeared! http://lroc.sese.a...   Jul 2 2009, 06:33 PM
|- - SFJCody   For some reason these remind me of Cassini's h...   Jul 2 2009, 07:10 PM
- - peter59   Nice and convenient method for viewing large image...   Jul 2 2009, 07:09 PM
- - John Moore   WOW...incredible. If these early images are anyt...   Jul 2 2009, 09:11 PM
- - Phil Stooke   Yes, a real treat! Phil   Jul 2 2009, 10:18 PM
- - dvandorn   I'm impressed that the first calibration image...   Jul 3 2009, 02:16 AM
|- - mcaplinger   The current orbit is 30kmx199km. Periapsis is at ...   Jul 3 2009, 03:19 AM
- - Lewis007   On July 3, LRO officially entered the Instrument C...   Jul 4 2009, 06:51 AM
- - dvandorn   Fascinating -- this surface strongly resembles the...   Jul 4 2009, 05:25 PM
- - John Moore   I like the 'debris flow' hypothesis -- ver...   Jul 5 2009, 03:06 PM
- - Hungry4info   Goldschmidt D in a new LROC image. http://lroc.ses...   Jul 6 2009, 10:51 AM
- - Stu   Many thanks for that heads-up. That's a nice i...   Jul 6 2009, 11:39 AM
- - Stu   Crop from image http://wms.lroc.asu.edu/lroc_brows...   Jul 6 2009, 03:56 PM
- - Sunspot   Hmmmm that zoomify image doesn't load anymore   Jul 6 2009, 05:42 PM
- - Stu   Quite a few pics up now... http://wms.lroc.asu.ed...   Jul 7 2009, 05:55 AM
- - djellison   Is it just me, or - when loading the TIF's at ...   Jul 7 2009, 07:59 AM
|- - ugordan   Definitely looks like something a flatfield (or po...   Jul 7 2009, 09:18 AM
|- - mcaplinger   QUOTE (djellison @ Jul 6 2009, 11:59 PM) ...   Jul 7 2009, 03:01 PM
|- - Paul Fjeld   QUOTE (djellison @ Jul 7 2009, 02:59 AM) ...   Jul 7 2009, 05:59 PM
|- - mcaplinger   QUOTE (Paul Fjeld @ Jul 7 2009, 09:59 AM)...   Jul 7 2009, 07:42 PM
|- - Paul Fjeld   I guess my point was that the LROC folks are doing...   Jul 8 2009, 01:07 AM
|- - djellison   QUOTE (Paul Fjeld @ Jul 8 2009, 02:07 AM)...   Jul 8 2009, 07:03 AM
- - kenny   Rim of Anaxagorus A About one third of the way do...   Jul 7 2009, 11:27 AM
- - SpaceListener   Nice pictures. The most intriguing thing is that t...   Jul 7 2009, 01:56 PM
- - SpaceListener   Useful link to ubicate where is LRO?   Jul 7 2009, 03:16 PM
- - Stu   Quite impressive pinnacles and spikes around Anaxa...   Jul 7 2009, 03:19 PM
|- - PDP8E   QUOTE (Stu)How high is this feature, anyone? back...   Jul 7 2009, 04:49 PM
|- - mcaplinger   QUOTE (Stu @ Jul 7 2009, 07:19 AM) Quite ...   Jul 7 2009, 05:05 PM
|- - Stu   QUOTE (mcaplinger @ Jul 7 2009, 06:05 PM)...   Jul 7 2009, 06:39 PM
|- - jmknapp   QUOTE (mcaplinger @ Jul 7 2009, 01:05 PM)...   Jul 8 2009, 09:37 PM
- - djellison   Zoomify does....but it only zooms to 100%. If you...   Jul 7 2009, 06:23 PM
- - djellison   Tiny bit of LROC WA mosaic from the calib image re...   Jul 8 2009, 11:39 AM
- - ilbasso   There's a 'flyover' movie posted on Yo...   Jul 8 2009, 06:20 PM
|- - Paolo   I am speechless...   Jul 8 2009, 07:16 PM
- - John Moore   This is a stupid query, but why are all the images...   Jul 9 2009, 09:48 AM
|- - ugordan   Uncalibrated, raw imaging swaths taken on a descen...   Jul 9 2009, 10:41 AM
- - Zvezdichko   http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/news/index.php?/a...s.htm...   Jul 10 2009, 06:52 AM
- - Stu   Cropped / enhanced crater from the floor of Compto...   Jul 11 2009, 08:24 AM
- - SpaceListener   What instrument will be able to "see" th...   Jul 11 2009, 03:02 PM
|- - jmknapp   QUOTE (SpaceListener @ Jul 11 2009, 10:02...   Jul 11 2009, 03:58 PM
- - Zvezdichko   SpaceListener: Mini-RF. This instrument is also fl...   Jul 11 2009, 03:59 PM
|- - dvandorn   QUOTE (Zvezdichko @ Jul 11 2009, 10:59 AM...   Jul 11 2009, 04:45 PM
- - Zvezdichko   Knowing the fact the current resolution is about 1...   Jul 11 2009, 04:55 PM
- - Zvezdichko   OK, on topic: http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/news/?arch...   Jul 13 2009, 11:05 PM
- - jmknapp   Didn't see this recent news item mentioned her...   Jul 14 2009, 11:31 PM
- - dvandorn   I don't think anyone has ever anticipated find...   Jul 15 2009, 01:14 AM
|- - jmknapp   QUOTE (dvandorn @ Jul 14 2009, 09:14 PM) ...   Jul 15 2009, 02:00 AM
- - Zvezdichko   http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/news/?archives/77...Moon-...   Jul 22 2009, 10:23 AM
- - glennwsmith   Yes, Dvandorn, I think the situation on the moon w...   Jul 23 2009, 03:54 AM
- - John Moore   Very nice bit here on the whole LCROSS cruise phas...   Jul 23 2009, 10:47 AM
- - Phil Stooke   A couple of nice new LROC images posted on their s...   Jul 29 2009, 03:34 AM
- - Phil Stooke   This is a tiny detail from the upper wall of Burg ...   Jul 29 2009, 01:49 PM
|- - belleraphon1   QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Jul 29 2009, 08:49 A...   Jul 30 2009, 05:30 PM
- - nprev   Hmm. And you of all people would certainly know, P...   Jul 30 2009, 04:48 AM
- - John Moore   Yes...hmmm...I wonder would quakes be a contributi...   Jul 30 2009, 10:21 AM
- - Phil Stooke   Particle size and surface texture affect reflectiv...   Jul 30 2009, 11:05 AM
|- - jmknapp   How long ago might such a landslide/deposit have t...   Jul 30 2009, 11:29 AM
- - Phil Stooke   I would guess that the large wall slumps defining ...   Jul 30 2009, 11:54 AM
- - John Moore   Thanks Phil OT: The half-covered crater just on t...   Jul 30 2009, 12:26 PM
- - Zvezdichko   http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/news/?archives/84...d-Bou...   Aug 4 2009, 09:40 AM
- - Zvezdichko   http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/news/?archives/85...nd-cr...   Aug 5 2009, 02:59 PM
|- - James Fincannon   QUOTE (Zvezdichko @ Aug 5 2009, 02:59 PM)...   Aug 7 2009, 06:47 PM
- - Zvezdichko   Yes! This sample is just another example of ro...   Aug 7 2009, 06:53 PM
|- - James Fincannon   QUOTE (Zvezdichko @ Aug 7 2009, 06:53 PM)...   Aug 9 2009, 03:55 PM
- - Phil Stooke   Seismic shaking caused by nearby impacts? Phil   Aug 7 2009, 08:17 PM
- - eoincampbell   Have they mostly slid or tumbled ? Some tracks rem...   Aug 8 2009, 01:47 PM
- - antipode   Pretty weird seeing craters on the tops of those T...   Aug 8 2009, 11:16 PM
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