29 Jan 2010
Can we measure the size and shape of equipment and other objects on the Moon using today’s orbital images from LROC cameras? As an example, to demonstrate the precise 3D measurement capability of LROC NAC stereo imagery, three objects (including the Lunar Module, ALSEP equipment, and Turtle Rock) and the astronauts’ traverse at the Apollo 14 landing site are measured and their 3D models are reconstructed. Such 3D measurements and models are used for planning and designing future human landed missions to the Moon [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University/The Ohio State University].
28 Jan 2010
A contact between the dark basalt (left) of Mare Nectaris and the lighter anorthosite highlands (right) of Montes Pyrenaeus runs through the Constellation Program region of interest on the western rim of the Nectaris impact basin. Image width is 2.5 km, raw image resolution is 1m/pixel, NAC frame M104248025L [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
26 Jan 2010
A Constellation Program Region of Interest near the northeast edge of the unusually large melt pond adjacent to the lunar far side crater King. The boundary between the dark, coherent impact melt rock at the lower left of the image and the bright, pulverized ejecta blanket to the upper right is clearly visible in the floor of a smaller crater that formed at the boundary between these two units. Image width is 1.3 km, pixel width is 1.29 m. Subset of NAC frame M106088433R [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
21 Jan 2010
20 Jan 2010
A Digital Terrain Model ("DTM") of the large Orientale Basin (1100 km diameter), located on the western hemisphere of the Moon, produced from stereo images obtained by LROC's Wide-Angle Camera. The image shows the hill-shaded, color-coded DTM with heights varying from approx. -4,700 meters to 9,400 meters. The small white boxes are areas without WAC coverage [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University/ DLR].
19 Jan 2010
Eastern slope (right to left is downhill) of the Vallis Schröteri, "Cobra Head". This feature is located in the western portion of a Constellation Program region of interest on the Aristarchus plateau. The slopes of the Cobra Head are boulder-rich and display albedo variations - bright to dark. The patterns of debris and flows on the slopes are evidence for mass-wasting and landslides that expose a variety of rocks. Image width is ~0.5 km, pixel width is 0.51 meters, NAC frame M111918050R [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
14 Jan 2010
12 Jan 2010
A lobate scarp in the mare basalts of Aitken crater on the lunar farside (arrows). Aitken crater is one of the fifty regions of interest in NASA’s Constellation Program. The smooth mare basalts that flooded the floor of Aitken crater are relatively few on the lunar farside. Mare basalts often have wrinkle ridges and lobate scarps, tectonic landforms that express contraction of the volcanic flows. Future astronauts who might visit Aitken crater will explore this landform in search of clues to how this and other lobate scarps form. Image width is 4.5 km, NAC frame M103374879RE [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
04 Jan 2010
A very subtle mare-highlands boundary in Mare Moscoviense on the lunar farside, near the center of the Constellation Program region of interest. The generalized geologic contact between the mare and the highlands has been highlighted (mare to the left, highlands to the right). Astronauts exploring this region could collect key samples from the farside basalts of Mare Moscoviense as well as materials from the surrounding basin massifs. Image width is 1.8 km [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
29 Dec 2009