Planets and Moons  ID: 3874

Tour of the Moon

Using elevation and image data returned by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), this animation takes the viewer on a virtual tour of the Moon. The tour visits a number of interesting sites chosen to illustrate a wide variety of lunar terrain features. Some are on the near side and are familiar to both professional and amateur observers on Earth, while others can only be seen clearly from space. Some are large and old (Orientale, South Pole-Aitken), others are smaller and younger (Tycho, Aristarchus). Constantly shadowed areas near the poles are hard to photograph but easier to measure with altimetry, while several of the Apollo landing sites, all relatively near the equator, have been imaged at resolutions as high as 25 centimeters (10 inches) per pixel.

The shape of the terrain in this animation is based primarily on data from LRO's laser altimeter (LOLA), supplemented by stereo image data from its wide angle camera (LROC WAC) and from Japan's Kaguya mission. The global surface color is from Clementine.


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Visualization Credits

Ernie Wright (USRA): Lead Animator
Chris Smith (HTSI): 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:
LRO/LROC/Narrow Angle Camera 10 Jun and 14 Aug 2011
Clementine Feb 26 to Apr 21 1994
LRO/LROC Aug 2009 to Sep 2011
LRO/LOLA/Digital Elevation Map Aug 2009 to Sep 2011
Kaguya/LISM/DTM 15 Dec 2007
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The Moon
LRO - Animations

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