Hubble Space Telescope Looks at the Moon to Prospect for Resources (Aristarchus Crater - color)
Released on October 17, 2005
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 Aristarchus crater region. Clementine derived simulated topography is shown around the outside and HST color imagery is shown filling most of the view. The camera then flies into the crater site using using simulated topgraphy and then over to Schroter's Valley.
This visualization is match rendered with animation 3274 so that the color version can be dissolved in or out as needed. The colors are from these HST filter bands: RED = 502/250 nm ratio, GREEN = 502 nm (green), BLUE = 250/502 nm ratio. In the image, blues are—in principle—higher in ilmenite.
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.