NASA declares the mission of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) a success after beaming back images and measurements in sharper detail than ever before. The LRO was launched on June 18, 2009 and its seven instruments have sent back more than 192 terabytes of data - the equivalent of 41,000 DVDs. Images recorded up to 1.5 feet per pixel - showing new details of the lunar surface.
The smooth impact melt inside Thales crater is cracked and then sprinkled with boulders from the neighboring slope. Here's a look at some of the images and measurements returned by the LRO.
Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University