Planets and Moons  ID: 3275

Hubble Space Telescope Looks at the Moon to Prospect for Resources (Aristarchus Crater - gray)

My edit: The Hubble Space Telescope was used to gather high resolution multi spectral data of the moon's Aristarchus Crater in order to investigate the possibility of potential oxygen producing minerals on the surface. Identifying such minerals could aid in planning future sustained human missions on the moon. Initial analysis of the data indicate the likely presence of titanium and iron oxides. Both these minerals could be used as oxygen sources essential for human exploration.

This visualization starts with a view of the moon as seen from Earth using a USGS Apollo derived artist rendered texture (airbrushed). The camera then zooms into the Aristarchus Crater region. Simulated topography derived from Clementine data is used for relief and high resolution HST data is used for the area of interest. After investigating Aristarchus Crater, the camera then moves over to Schroter's Valley for a brief investigation.

This visualization is match rendered with id 3275 so that the color version can be dissolved in or out as needed.

Exposure Time: 2.5 minutes

Filters: F250W (250nm), F344N (344nm), F502N (502nm), F658N (658nm)

Visualization Credits

Greg Shirah (NASA/GSFC): Lead Animator
Alex Kekesi (GST): Animator
Greg Bacon (STScI/Aura): Animator
James Garvin (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio Additional credit to Zoltan G. Levay (STScI)

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Data Used:
Clementine/HIRES 1994/02/26-1994/05/05
HST/ACS 2005/08/16 - 2005/08/21
Clementine and HST/HIRES and the Telescope/Lunar Composite Texture
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This item is part of these series:
The Moon
Astrophysics Visualizations

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