The most exciting images taken by LROC
, updated regularly.
LROC NAC Anaglyph: Hell Q Crater
Hell Q crater - an excellent example of a simple bowl-shaped crater in the southwest region of the lunar near-side [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
LROC NAC Anaglyph: Perched Crater
Craters on top of craters! Shown here is a crater that is perched on the southwest rim of Darwin C, a highly degraded crater in the southeastern lunar nearside [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
LROC NAC Anaglyph: Mare Ingenii Swirls
Mare Ingenii Swirls - note the lack of topography associated with these enigmatic deposits! [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Introducing LROC NAC Anaglyphs!
Go get your 3D glasses and check out the new NAC anaglyph RDR products! [Image credit: NASA/GSFC/ASU].
Unnamed crater showing unique albedo variation in LROC NAC M123812230R. Image width is 1.8 km; incidence angle is 8° [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Low-incidence angle image (~9°, near noon) of a curious mound on the floor of Firsov crater. Image width is 2.2 km [LROC NAC M187506567RNASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Exploring the Lunar Subsurface
What a great place to explore! Two collapsed segments of a lava tube run from the southwest to the northeast. These collapsed segments may provide access to the subsurface, which has never been directly sampled. The average width of the collapsed segments is ~650 meters. The lava tube is ~50 meters deep in this LROC NAC mosaic (M1165080128LR). Image width is approximately 7 km [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
LADEE Impact Crater Found!
LADEE impact site on the eastern rim of Sundman V crater, the spacecraft was heading west when it impacted the surface. The image was created by ratioing two images, one taken before the impact and another after the impact. The bright area shows the impact point and the ejecta (things that have changed between the time of the two images). The ejecta form a V shaped pattern extending to the northwest from the impact point. Ratio constructed with LROC images M1163066820RE and M1101816767RE (NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University).
New Evidence For Young Lunar Volcanism!
One of many newly-discovered young volcanic deposits on the Moon (
), this example is near the crater Maskelyne. The direction of sunlight is from the right and north is up, NAC M1123370138R [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Casting a Long Shadow
Sun angle profoundly affects the surface features of the Chang'e 3 landing site. When the Sun is higher in the sky (low incidence angle), the tracks left by the Yutu rover and the bright blast zone around the lander are most visible. But when the Sun is lower in the sky (high incidence angle), the long distinctive shadows cast by the lander are more prominent. Each month when LROC acquired a new image of the landing site, the Sun's position in the sky was different. Images: M1147290066 (17 Feb 2014), M1149645693R (16 Mar 2014), M1152001999R (13 Apr 2014), and M1154358210R (10 May 2014); images are enlarged by a factor of two [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].