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:
Clementine/UVVIS Camera/750-nm Basemap
Mosaic - 1994/02/26-1994/05/05
Apollo 15/Panoramic Camera/Photography Frames 9552, 9557, 9554, 9559
litt_dem.bilDEM of the Littrow area of the Moon in an RAW binary format. Simple Cylidrical, 1 band. Arc: describe LITT_DEM Description of Grid LITT_DEM Cell Size(deg/pxl)=0.00034049743634 Data Type: Unsigned Int Number of Rows = 4308 Number of Columns = 4619 BOUNDARY STATISTICS Xmin = 29.904 Minimum Value = 1420.000 Xmax = 31.477 Maximum Value = 4108.602 Ymin = 19.387 Mean = 2432.915 Ymax = 20.854 Standard Deviation = 630.217 COORDINATE SYSTEM DESCRIPTION Projection GEOGRAPHIC Datum NONE Note: Cell size in projection Sinusoidal is 10 meters/pixel Note: Null value is 0 litt_dem.bil -> raw image DEM litt_dem.hdr -> text header file litt_dem.blw -> text georeferencing world file litt_dem.stx -> text stats. file Trent M. Hare US Geological Survey (520) 556-7126 Misc notes: -Compiled by Frank Schafer (USGS) at DMA Houston -This is a preliminary map before DMA control net was finished -datum was arbitrarly set -no specific project applied frames used for photogrammetry: Apollo 15 panoramic photography frames 9552,9557,9554,9559 frames used for control: -Apollo 15 frames 1112, 1113 by using camera orientation data -scale established from lunar orbiter IV, H-78 Sited in book: Apollo17 Preliminary Science Report
Clementine and HST/HIRES and the Telescope/Lunar Composite Texture
Wide-Field Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) was installed in Dec 1993 and used to obtain high resolution images of astronomical objects. This camera was removed in the last servicing mission so it is no longer in service.
2005/08/16 - 2005/08/21
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