Planets and Moons  ID: 11699


A masterpiece of art shimmers with originality. The moon is singular as well, but it touches us more profoundly. It is a constant personal companion; its reach is universal and timeless. We can now experience the moon more fully, day and night, with detailed views captured from space at our fingertips. Since 2009, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has collected hundreds of thousands of images of the moon and beamed them to Earth. Combined into a global mosaic, the images provide a dynamic look at how the moon’s surface is changing over time. But individually, the striking visual contrasts of the grey-tone landscapes convey rich texture and abstract beauty. Explore the images for up-close views of the moon taken by LRO.

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Story Credits

Lead Scientists:
Noah Petro (NASA/GSFC)
William K. Hartmann (Planetary Science Institute)
Christopher McKay (NASA/ARC)

Lead Writer:
Leslie Willoughby (USRA)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Images courtesy of NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

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