Northern flank of cone-shaped mound near Aratus crater. LROC NAC M117461002L, image width is about 672 meters (2204 feet). Sun light is from left side, incidence angle 83°, downslope direction is from bottom to top of the image.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center built and manages the mission for the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera was designed to acquire data for landing site certification and to conduct polar illumination studies and global mapping. Operated by Arizona State University, LROC consists of a pair of narrow-angle cameras (NAC) and a single wide-angle camera (WAC). The mission is expected to return over 70 terabytes of image data.