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Digital Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon


The Lunar Orbiter atlas (LO) can be accessed in the following ways:

Text of the original 1971 edition:

The Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon by Bowker and Hughes (NASA SP-206) is considered the definitive reference manual to the global photographic coverage of the Moon. The images contained within the atlas are excellent for studying lunar morphology because they were obtained at low to moderate Sun angles. The digital Lunar Orbiter Atlas of the Moon is a reproduction of the 675 plates contained in Bowker and Hughes. The digital archive, however, offers many improvements upon its original hardbound predecessor. Multiple search capabilities were added to the database to expedite locating images and features of interest. For accuracy and usability, surface feature information has been updated and improved. Lastly, to aid in feature identification, a companion image containing feature annotation has been included. The symbols on the annotated overlays, however, should only be used as locators and not for precise measurements. More detailed information about the digital archive process can be read in abstracts presented at the 30th and 31st Lunar and Planetary Science Conferences.

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Please also visit the Lunar and Planetary Institute's companion lunar atlases:
       Lunar Orbiter Photo Gallery
       Apollo Image Atlas
       Apollo Surface Panoramas
       Consolidated Lunar Atlas
       Ranger Photographs of the Moon
       Guide to Lunar Orbiter Photographs

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