Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector, Apollo

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    Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector, Apollo

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth.

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    Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector, Apollo

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth.

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    Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector, Apollo

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth.

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    Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector, Apollo

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth.

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    Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector, Apollo

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth. Highlighted in this image is Bendix Aerospace Systems Division printed on a label.

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    Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector, Apollo

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth. Highlighted in this image is the Retro-reflector array of the Apollo Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector.

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    Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector, Apollo

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth. Highlighted in this image is the Retro-reflector array of the Apollo Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector.

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    Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector, Apollo

    White pallet with raised 100 lens laser reflector, training unit, Apollo 11.

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    Apollo 11 Laser Ranging Retroreflector

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector is a device that reflects light. Instruments placed on the lunar surface were used in experiments to reflect laser light back to Earth.
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    Apollo Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth.

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    Apollo Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth.

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    Apollo Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth.

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    Apollo Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector Gears

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth.

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    Apollo Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector Label

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth. Highlighted in this image is Bendix Aerospace Systems Division printed on a label.

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    Apollo Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector Array

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth. Highlighted in this image is the Retro-reflector array of the Apollo Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector.

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    Apollo Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector Array

    The Laser Ranging Retroreflector experiment consists of a series of corner-cube mirrors designed to reflect an incoming light beam back to its source. Astronauts deployed this experiment on the lunar surface during the Apollo 11, 14, and 15 missions. From Earth, laser beams are aimed through large telescopes at the Retroreflector on the lunar surface, which then reflects the laser beam back to Earth. The Retroreflector provides precise measurements of the distance between the Earth and the Moon, the Moon’s orbit, and the rate at which the Moon is receding from the Earth. Highlighted in this image is the Retro-reflector array of the Apollo Laser Ranger Retro-Reflector.

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The Laser Ranging Retroreflector is a device that reflects light so that the paths of the reflected rays are parallel to those of the incident rays. Instruments placed on the lunar surface were used in experiments to reflect laser light back to Earth. The reflected light was used to provide precise measurements of the distance between the earth and the moon.

The Bendix Corporation donated this traning unit to the Museum in 1972.