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Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). Computer artwork of NASA's LRO in orbit around the moon (grey). The Earth can be seen at centre right. The LRO will stay in lunar orbit for at least one Earth year, mapping the surface, surveying resources and identifying possible landing sites for manned missions. The LRO was launched on 18th June 2009 and entered lunar orbit on 23rd June 2009.
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