In 1994, an experimental satellite was launched with a goal of testing lightweight sensors and advanced components in space for long periods of time. The results were greater than expected, providing detailed images of the earth, a complete map of the moon, and a verification that there is ice on the moon. The project was known as Clementine.

Images, Animation, and Project Details

Much of the data collected during the mission is displayed here. We offer still images, animations, and a lunar map with metadata features. We also have detailed information about the project that was donated to the Smithsonian. All are available through this website's menu to the left.


Clementine was jointly sponsored by the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization and NASA. The BMDO assigned responsibility for the Clementine spacecraft design, manufacture, integration, and mission execution to the Naval Research Laboratory. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory provided lightweight imaging sensors.