The Taurus-Littrow Valley through LRO's Eyes

  • Released Friday, March 23rd, 2018
  • Updated Friday, August 25th, 2023 at 12:10AM
  • ID: 4717

This visualization of the Taurus-Littrow valley, site of the Apollo 17 Moon landing, uses multiple Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter datasets to zoom into the valley and illustrate the paths taken by the astronauts during their three days of exploration at the site. The data includes wide-angle (WAC) and narrow-angle (NAC) camera images, LOLA laser altimetry, and a high-resolution elevation map created from NAC stereo pairs. The imagery was chosen to approximately match the lighting conditions at the time of the landing. Color-coded trails with numbered stops (called stations in astronaut lingo) show where Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt drove their lunar rover — orange on day 1, blue on day 2, and green on day 3.


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Datasets used in this visualization

LRO LROC WAC (Collected with the Wide Angle Camera sensor)
Observed Data
LRO/SELENE SLDEM2015 (A.K.A. DIgital Elevation Model) (Collected with the LOLA/TC sensor)

A digital elevation model of the Moon derived from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter and the SELENE Terrain Camera. See the description in Icarus. The data is here.

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LRO NAC (A.K.A. Narrow Angle Camera) (Collected with the LROC sensor)

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