Planets and Moons  ID: 3582

Lunar Topography in False Color

An updated version of this animation is available here.

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.

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Visualization Credits

Ernie Wright (UMBC): Lead Animator
Marte Newcombe (GST): Animator
Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC): Producer
James Garvin (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio. Some elevation data provided by JAXA/SELENE.

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Data Used:
Unified Lunar Control Network 2005 1970 to 2005
Tycho DEM 1998
KAGUYA/Laser Altimeter (LALT)/DEM 2007-12-30 to 2008-03-31
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This item is part of these series:
The Moon
LRO Pre-launch

Goddard TV Tape:
G2009-030 -- LRO Pre-Launch Resource Tape

SVS >> Elevation data
SVS >> False Color
SVS >> Moon
SVS >> South Pole
SVS >> Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Lunar Surface
SVS >> Lunar Topography
SVS >> Lunar Elevation Map
SVS >> Tycho Crater
SVS >> Aitken Basin
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