Lunar South Pole Terrain in Coded Color
The camera flies toward and then around the Moon's South Pole as the natural surface color changes to colors that encode elevation. Thirty features at the South Pole are identified.
Three months after the launch of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) on June 18, 2009, the mission released its first batch of elevation measurements of the area around the lunar south pole. Fourteen years, 60,000 orbits, and over 10 billion laser shots later, LRO's picture of the south pole landscape has filled in nicely. LRO's detailed terrain maps will be vital for both human and robotic explorers scheduled to arrive at south pole locations in the coming years.
An image of the Moon's South Pole colored by elevation, with labels for 29 craters and the recently named Mons Mouton.
The colors used to show elevation at the South Pole of the Moon.
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Datasets used in this visualization
LRO DEM (Digital Elevation Map)ID: 653Collected with LOLA
LRO/SELENE SLDEM2015 (DIgital Elevation Model)ID: 948Model Collected with LOLA/TC
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter LROC WAC Color Mosaic (Natural Color Hapke Normalized WAC Mosaic)ID: 1015Mosaic Collected with LRO Camera Arizona State University
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