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Tour of the Moon

Using elevation and image data returned by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this animation takes the viewer on a virtual tour of the Moon. The tour visits a number of interesting sites chosen to illustrate a wide variety of lunar terrain features. Some are on the near side and are familiar to both professional and amateur observers on Earth, while others can only be seen clearly from space. Some are large and old (Orientale, South Pole-Aitken), others are smaller and younger (Tycho, Aristarchus, Shackleton). Constantly shadowed areas near the poles are hard to photograph but easier to measure with altimetry, while several of the Apollo landing sites, all relatively near the equator, have been imaged at resolutions as high as 25 centimeters (10 inches) per pixel.

The shape of the terrain in this animation is based primarily on data from LRO's laser altimeter (LOLA), supplemented by stereo image data from its wide angle camera (LROC WAC) and from Japan's Kaguya mission. The global surface color is from Clementine.


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The viewer flies over the lunar terrain, coming in for close looks at a variety of interesting sites. Color coded elevation highlights the terrain of some sites. Includes feature title and scale.    The viewer flies over the lunar terrain, coming in for close looks at a variety of interesting sites. Color coded elevation highlights the terrain of some sites. Includes feature title and scale.
Duration: 4.5 minutes
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Elevation color key.
   Elevation color key.

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As above, but without any data overlays (color coded elevation, latitude/longitude grid at the poles, titles).    As above, but without any data overlays (color coded elevation, latitude/longitude grid at the poles, titles).
Duration: 4.5 minutes
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This version includes the data overlays (color coded elevation and latitude/longitude polar grid), but omits the feature name and scale.    This version includes the data overlays (color coded elevation and latitude/longitude polar grid), but omits the feature name and scale.

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A short segment in which the viewer flies toward the Moon from a distance. This can be added seamlessly to the start of the main tour.    A short segment in which the viewer flies toward the Moon from a distance. This can be added seamlessly to the start of the main tour.
Duration: 10.0 seconds
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Animation files that combine the short fly-in with the main tour.    Animation files that combine the short fly-in with the main tour.
Duration: 4.6 minutes
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A condensed version of the tour. All of the featured sites are included.    A condensed version of the tour. All of the featured sites are included.
Duration: 1.3 minutes
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Mare Orientale. Elevation-coded color highlights the bullseye pattern of concentric rings.    Mare Orientale. Elevation-coded color highlights the bullseye pattern of concentric rings.

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The South Pole, viewed from the longitude of Orientale.    The South Pole, viewed from the longitude of Orientale.

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Shackleton Crater. The South Pole lies just inside this crater. Direct sunlight never reaches the crater floor. The faint crosshatch pattern is a sensor artifact.    Shackleton Crater. The South Pole lies just inside this crater. Direct sunlight never reaches the crater floor. The faint crosshatch pattern is a sensor artifact.

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The South Pole-Aitken Basin on the lunar far side is one of the largest and oldest impact features in the solar system. It's easily seen in the elevation data. The low center is dark blue and purple. Mountains on its edge, remnants of outer rings, are red and yellow.    The South Pole-Aitken Basin on the lunar far side is one of the largest and oldest impact features in the solar system. It's easily seen in the elevation data. The low center is dark blue and purple. Mountains on its edge, remnants of outer rings, are red and yellow.

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Tycho Crater (center). The lighting matches that of the LROC narrow angle camera image of the central peak.    Tycho Crater (center). The lighting matches that of the LROC narrow angle camera image of the central peak.

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Central peak of Tycho as photographed by the LROC narrow angle camera. The boulder is about 100 meters wide.    Central peak of Tycho as photographed by the LROC narrow angle camera. The boulder is about 100 meters wide.

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Aristarchus Crater (bright white) and associated plateau, looking east.    Aristarchus Crater (bright white) and associated plateau, looking east.

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Seas of Serenity (left) and Tranquility. Note the sharp color division between the two.    Seas of Serenity (left) and Tranquility. Note the sharp color division between the two.

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Taurus-Littrow Valley (large dark area, lower center), north up. The view is centered on the Apollo 17 landing site. Uses a 10-meter stereoscopic elevation map from JAXA's Kaguya spacecraft.    Taurus-Littrow Valley (large dark area, lower center), north up. The view is centered on the Apollo 17 landing site. Uses a 10-meter stereoscopic elevation map from JAXA's Kaguya spacecraft.

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Apollo 17 site as photographed by the LRO narrow angle camera. Visible are the lander, rover, and trails left by both the rover tires and the astronauts.    Apollo 17 site as photographed by the LRO narrow angle camera. Visible are the lander, rover, and trails left by both the rover tires and the astronauts.

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Long shadows at the densely cratered North Pole.    Long shadows at the densely cratered North Pole.

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Virtual tour of the moon, August 2009 to September 2011.    Virtual tour of the moon, August 2009 to September 2011.

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Short URL to This Page:http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?3874
Animation Number:3874
Completed:2011-10-20
Animator:Ernie Wright (USRA) (Lead)
Producer:Chris Smith (HTSI)
Scientist:James Garvin (NASA/GSFC)
Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets:Kaguya/LISM/DTM (15 Dec 2007)
 LRO/LOLA/Digital Elevation Map (Aug 2009 to Sep 2011)
 Clementine (Feb 26 to Apr 21 1994)
 LRO/LROC (Aug 2009 to Sep 2011)
 LRO/LROC/Narrow Angle Camera (10 Jun and 14 Aug 2011)
Series:The Moon
 LRO - Animations
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
 
Keywords:
SVS >> Elevation data
SVS >> Flyover
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Laser Altimeter
SVS >> Lunar
SVS >> Moon
SVS >> LRO
SVS >> Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
SVS >> LOLA
SVS >> LROC
SVS >> Lunar Topography
SVS >> Solar System >> Moon >> Lunar Surface
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Presentation
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Olsen, L.M., G. Major, K. Shein, J. Scialdone, S. Ritz, T. Stevens, M. Morahan, A. Aleman, R. Vogel, S. Leicester, H. Weir, M. Meaux, S. Grebas, C.Solomon, M. Holland, T. Northcutt, R. A. Restrepo, R. Bilodeau, 2013. NASA/Global Change Master Directory (GCMD) Earth Science Keywords. Version 8.0.0.0.0

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