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Home Artist’s rendering of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. (Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center) Artist's rendering of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. (Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)

Artist’s rendering of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. (Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

Artist's rendering of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. (Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center)

Artist’s rendering of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft. (Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center)

The Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) aboard LRO (shown here in a pre-flight photo) uses a novel method to peer into the perpetual darkness of the moon’s so-called permanently shadowed regions. LAMP “sees” the lunar surface using the ultraviolet light from nearby space and stars, which bathes all bodies in space in a soft glow of ultraviolet light. (Credit: NASA Goddard/Debbie McCallum)