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

  • Released Tuesday, October 18, 2005
  • Updated Friday, January 16, 2015 at 12:05PM
  • ID: 3274

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.

HST imagery of the Apollo 17 landing site draped over Apollo 17 derived topography

HST imagery of the Apollo 17 landing site draped over Apollo 17 derived topography


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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Datasets used in this visualization

HST (Collected with the ACS sensor)
HST (Collected with the WFPC2 sensor)

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.

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Clementine 750-nm Basemap (Collected with the UVVIS Camera sensor)
Clementine and HST Lunar Composite Texture (Collected with the HIRES and the Telescope sensor)
Apollo 15 Photography Frames 9552, 9557, 9554, 9559 (Collected with the Panoramic Camera sensor)

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
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

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