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Looking Skyward : All About Lunar Laser Ranging

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A close-up photograph of the laser reflecting panel deployed by Apollo 14 astronauts on the Moon in 1971.

  NASA scientists recently announced the first success in a lunar laser ranging experiment they’d been working on for over a decade.  And , the recently launched Mars Perseverance rover – which is scheduled to touch down on the surface of Mars next February – carries with it a special retroreflector.