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New Images from The LROC Team.
01 Feb 2018
Spectacular oblique view of the rim of Shackleton crater
(21 km diameter, 89.66°S, 129.20°E). While no location on the Moon stays continuously illuminated, three points on the rim remain collectively sunlit for more than 90% of the year. These points are surrounded by topographic depressions that never receive sunlight, creating cold traps that can capture ices, NAC M1224655261LR [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
26 Jan 2018
The locations of south pole permanently shadowed regions (PSRs) with areas >10 km
2. Images and information about each PSR can be found in the LROC PSR Atlas. [NASA/GS FC/Arizona State University]
12 Jan 2018
Reduced Data Records (RDRs) available as part of the 32nd Planetary Data System (PDS) release include two versions of the polar illumination maps for each pole. They include this time-weighted north pole illumination map that extends from 88 ºN to the lunar north pole at 90 ºN, as well as other new products. These maps show how much sunlight specific locations receive over the course of a lunar year. Areas that are nearly white are almost always in the sunlight, while black areas are Permanently Shadowed Regions (PSRs). [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
18 Jul 2017
Twenty new shapefiles created by the LROC Team are now
available! A few of the shapefiles shown here include mare age units, footprints of digital terrain models (DTMs), and the locations of small geologic features such as irregular mare patches (IMPs) and lobate scarps [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
03 Jul 2014
A portion of LROC's first image
(M101013931), acquired five years ago today. This region of the rim of Shackleton crater near the lunar South Pole is illuminated over 70% of the time, while the floor of the crater is permanently shaded from sunlight [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
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