Images from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter may show the crash site of the Lunar Orbiter 2, which helped map potential landing sites for Apollo missions in 1967. After completing its mission, NASA instructed the LO2 to crash into the farside of the moon, although the exact location of its crash was unknown. The LRO was launched in 2009 to fully map the lunar surface and create 3D maps for a potential return to the moon. The LRO has previously mapped all six Apollo landing sites and has found evidence of volcanism on the moon.
On June 18, NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the first US mission to the moon in a decade. The LRO is scheduled to orbit the moon and map it while looking for safe landing sites, locating potential resources, characterizing the radiation environment, and demonstrating new technology. The orbiter is scheduled for Lunar Insertion on June 23.