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SPS/NASA LEND Interns
Photo with Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, July 2008
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The first photo (larger version here) was taken in the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) clean room at the NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center with the following identifications (left to right): Paul Abbazia (SPS LEND Intern), Dr. Igor Mitrofanov (LEND Principal Investigator), Vic Iratury (Intern), Daniel McNeal (SPS LEND Intern). The LRO spacecraft is behind them with the LEND instrument (diamond shaped object covered in insulation) above Daniel. The second image is an artist's rendering of the LRO spacecraft in orbit around the moon. Images three and four show interns Paul and Daniel individually with the spacecraft. All images are courtesy of NASA.

The LRO will travel to the moon in late fall 2008, mapping the surface to help pave the way for humans to return. It will help prepare us for extended surface exploration on the moon and for subsequent missions to Mars and other distant destinations. Lunar surface exploration will help us to practice living, working, and gathering science data before we venture into riskier territory.

LEND (Lunar Exploration Neutron Detector) will provide global mapping of the hydrogen content on the lunar surface. LEND measurements will also help characterize the neutron component of the lunar radiation environment. These measurements will also be used to search for evidence of water ice on the lunar surface.

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