January 1, 2010
image by Alexandros Diamantis, Athens, Greece
Welcome to 2010*. This is the 50th anniversary of the decade that saw Ranger, Surveyor, Lunar Orbiter, Apollo, and a host of Lunas explore the Moon; the foundation of modern lunar science. Currently we have an excellent spacecraft in orbit around the Moon, and China plans to launch its second lunar probe late in the year. Vast amounts of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter data will be released in March, and more Kaguya data will become available too. New lunar books and scientific papers will appear, as will, hopefully, 365 new LPODs, in English, French and as of TODAY Spanish. A new Virtual Moon Atlas release has just appeared, and LTVT constantly improves, providing tools for observing and researching the Moon. And I trust that imagers will continue improving resolution, areal coverage and spectral exploration which is the reason for LPOD. But remember, as Alexandros' mosaic reminds us, that there is more to life than the Moon. Here on Earth, there is nature, civilization and love. Make sure you participate in each, especially if the Moon is below the horizon.
- the beginning of year 7 for LPOD!
Yesterday's LPOD: Symbolic Image of the Year
Tomorrow's LPOD: Solomonic Choice