Planets and Moons  ID: 3274

Hubble Space Telescope Looks at the Moon to Prospect for Resources (Apollo 17 Landing Region)

The Hubble Space Telescope looked at specific areas of the moon prospecting for important minerals that may aid future sustained human presence on the moon. Initial analysis of the data indicate the likely presence of titanium and iron oxides. These minerals can be sources of oxygen, essential for human exploration.

This visualization starts with a view of the moon as seen from Earth using a USGS Apollo derived artist rendered texture (airbrushed). The camera then zooms into the Apollo 17 landing region using Clementine data (the outer area after the camera pauses), high resolution HST data (the inner area), and Apollo 17 derived topgraphy.

Exposure Time: 2.5 minutes

Filters: F250W (250nm), F344N (344nm), F502N (502nm), F658N (658nm)

Data from these multiple filters were used to produce the mosaic Apollo 17 landing site image.

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Alex Kekesi (GST): Animator
Horace Mitchell (NASA/GSFC): Animator
Greg Bacon (STScI/Aura): Animator
James Garvin (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Additional credit to Zoltan G. Levay (STScI)

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Data Used:
HST/ACS 2005/08/16 - 2005/08/21
Clementine/UVVIS Camera/750-nm Basemap 1994/02/26-1994/05/05
Apollo 15/Panoramic Camera/Photography Frames 9552, 9557, 9554, 9559
Clementine and HST/HIRES and the Telescope/Lunar Composite Texture
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The Moon
Astrophysics Visualizations

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