In my answer to the question "Mapping the moon: how to use the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) image data?" I include a link to https://lrostk.gsfc.nasa.gov/preview.cgi which is a "real-time" viewer of LRO's position and what it is currently imaging. For example, it generates screens like that shown below.

But a few hours ago a comment there pointed out that the site seems to be down. That link returns the message:

File '/stream.mjpgpreview.cgi' not found

and https://lrostk.gsfc.nasa.gov/ returns

The server is too busy to serve your request at this time.

The bandwidth being served (including your stream) is 1000800kbit/sec, and this exceeds the limit of 1000000kbit/sec.

The main "lunar" Goddard Spaceflight Center resources page is still fine though: https://lunar.gsfc.nasa.gov/resources.html

Is this unavailability a temporary condition?

The Where Is LRO page http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/about/whereislro is still active and generates the following map (click for full size):

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Historical screenshot of https://lrostk.gsfc.nasa.gov/preview.cgi from here:

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I sent an email which started a chain (Jennifer Brill, John Keller, Emmanuel Dziwornooh). At some point during that, https://lrostk.gsfc.nasa.gov/ came back up. John Keller acknowledged that the site has intermittent problems and asked the sysadmins to ensure it stays up more reliably.

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for looking into it and posting the update! Of course the primary objective is maintaining the spacecraft, research, and data integrity and the cool web page is secondary. I admire how NASA is able to do amazing science and technology hundreds of millions of miles away and still can bring it home to us at the same time. $\endgroup$ – uhoh Feb 28 '18 at 4:48

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