This image of the full Moon is a photographic mosaic comprising 1,231 images taken by the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in the summer of 2018. Each image tile was selected from over 10,000 of the highest quality LROC NAC frames by searching for the best match of brightness and gradient (the direction and size of the brightness change across the frame).
Since LRO's launch in 2009, the camera team has posted over one million gigabytes of image data to the LRO data archive at the Planetary Data System Geosciences Node, data that's freely available to the public.
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LRO NAC (Narrow Angle Camera)ID: 652Collected with LROC
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