Planets and Moons  ID: 3727

LOLA Lunar Topography in False Color

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.

This is an update of animation 3582, which was produced before the launch of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Except for the Tycho crater inset, the elevation map in this updated version is based entirely on early results of the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter onboard LRO. These results already represent a substantial improvement in our knowledge of the Moon's topography.

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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

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LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter)

Data Used:
Tycho DEM 1998
Clementine/UVVIS Camera/750-nm Basemap 1994-02-26 to 1994-04-21
LRO/LOLA/Digital Elevation Map 2009-07-13 to 2009-12-17
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This item is part of these series:
The Moon
LRO - Animations

SVS >> Elevation data
SVS >> False Color
SVS >> Moon
SVS >> South Pole
SVS >> Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
SVS >> For Educators
SVS >> Lunar Surface
SVS >> Craters
SVS >> Elevation Map
SVS >> Tycho Crater
SVS >> Topographical Map
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