Lunar Topography in False Color
- Visualizations by:
- Ernie Wright
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This animation is a brief tour of several prominent features of the Moon's terrain: Tycho crater, the south pole, and the South Pole-Aitken basin. The height of the terrain is color-coded, with blues and greens representing low altitudes and reds representing high altitudes. The view is match-moved to a companion piece showing the Moon in natural colors.
The elevation map comprises low-resolution data from a number of sources, including the Clementine and JAXA/SELENE spacecraft, combined with high-resolution insets for Tycho and the region near the south pole. One of the goals of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission is the creation of a high-resolution elevation map of the entire surface of the Moon.
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. Some elevation data provided by JAXA/SELENE.
- Ernie Wright (USRA) [Lead]
- Marte Newcombe (GST)
- James Garvin (NASA, Chief Scientist Goddard)
- Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC)
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Datasets used in this visualization
KAGUYA DEM (Collected with the Laser Altimeter (LALT) sensor)
Formerly known as "SELENE".See more visualizations using this data set
Margot et al.
Dataset can be found at: http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/stamp/stamp.jsp?arnumber=00841991See more visualizations using this data set
ULCN 2005 (A.K.A. Unified Lunar Control Network 2005)
The ULCN 2005 (Unified Lunar Control Network 2005) is a lunar control point network that precisely measured 272,931 pieces of data produced by the USGS using existing lunar imagery or data from the Clementine and other observations.See more visualizations using this data set
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