Planets and Moons  ID: 3808

LOLA Stills for AGU 2010

These high resolution still images illustrate the global elevation map of the Moon being developed by the laser altimeter (LOLA) on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. To date, LOLA has measured the elevation of over two billion points on the surface of the Moon. These measurements make it possible to render shaded relief maps of the Moon with unprecedented accuracy and detail. See also this comparison of LOLA with past maps.

The waning gibbous Moon is rendered from three points of view. For each view, a natural color image is paired with a false color version in which low elevations are blue to green and high elevations are yellow to red. The terrain is in highest relief near the terminator, or shadow line, where the Sun is setting on a month-long lunar day. Amateur astronomers pay particular attention to features near the terminator, since the high relief brings out details that are normally washed out in the glare of reflected sunlight.

Visualization Credits

Ernie Wright (UMBC): Lead Animator
Chris Smith (HTSI): Producer
Gregory A. Neumann (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:
LRO/LOLA/Digital Elevation Map also referred to as: DEM
August 2009 - September 2010
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

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The Moon
LRO - Still Images

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