Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Malapert Mountain


The Sun always just grazes the horizon near the poles because the lunar spin axis is tilted only 1.5°. Since Malapert Mountain rises 7000 m above its surroundings, it enjoys prolonged periods of illumination. Locations such as these provide ideal environments for future long duration missions due to their extended access to solar energy and the benign thermal environment.

Lat: -85.939°
Camera: NAC
Image Width: 50.0 km
Location in exhibit: Lunar Vistas
Image ID: M1166454457LR

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