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Can I retrieve longitude of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter around the Moon by POST method (URL)?

I see that I can use an URL like this to retrieve position data for LRO around the Moon: https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/horizons_batch.cgi?batch=1&MAKE_EPHEM=%27YES%27&TABLE_TYPE=%27VECTORS%27&...
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Why does LRO's laser altimeter telescopes use lenses instead of mirrors?

From Space.com's NASA's Piggyback Experiment on Israeli Moon Lander Could Aid Future Lunar Touchdowns shows an image of the laser altimeter on the LRO. It looks like the "transmit" and "receive" ...
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Crashed LMs visible on LRO images?

I'm rewatching the old HBO "From the Earth to the Moon" series and then reading up about specific missions in detail afterwards. One thing I hadn't realised was that the LM for each mission typically ...
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Could Hubble observe the night side of the Moon?

IIUC the Hubble space telescope cannot observe the Sun lit side of the Moon. And Hubble is never pointed closer than 90 degrees towards the Sun. But this still allows for observing the night side of ...
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The “live” 3D webpage showing LRO's activity is down, is this temporary?

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" ...
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The Moon's shadow could not possibly look like this — could it?

The NASA Goddard video Tracing the 2017 Solar Eclipse is a visualization of the calculated shape of the umbra during the upcoming August 2017 total solar eclipse, as it moves across North America. ...
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Why do the LRO's orbital elements appear to constantly oscillate - except recently?

I plotted some of the orbital elements of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter from JPL's Horizons database, and I see that there are constant oscillations. The period of the semi-major axis and ...
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Are low, polar lunar orbits in general relatively stable?

The Phys.org article New NASA radar technique finds lost lunar spacecraft describes the use of radar to relocate two spacecraft that were in orbit around the moon but who's orbit had not been actively ...
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Why was the 100m Green Bank dish needed together with DSN's 70m Goldstone dish to detect Chandrayaan-1 in lunar orbit?

The Phys.org article New NASA radar technique finds lost lunar spacecraft describes the use of radar to relocate two spacecraft that were in orbit around the moon but who's orbit had not been actively ...
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Mapping the moon: how to use the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) image data?

what's the meaning of Scaled pixel width and scaled pixel height of LROC EDR image obtained by LROC image search tool?
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Is there a map or list of all the lava tube skylights the LRO has detected on the Moon?

I have read that so far the LRO has detected about 200 skylights - they appear to be holes into larger spaces below them, which could be lava tubes or domes. I would really like to know where all of ...
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How do I properly use the LROC Image Search tool?

My current favorite lunar imagery tool is Arizona State's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter site. (Sorry LMMP.) It has a section where you can search for imagery by filling out a form, which is great ...