This composite image depicts the moon's rugged south polar region in two lights. The color image is the highest resolution topography map to date of the moon's south pole.
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Moon's Rugged South Polar Region Composite

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Figure 1

This composite image depicts the moon's rugged south polar region in two lights. The black and white image in figure 1 is a computer generated view of the pole from radar reflectance data. The color image is a topographic map of that same area. The color image is the highest resolution topography map to date of the moon's south pole. It was generated by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., using data collected using the Deep Space Network's Goldstone Solar System Radar located in California's Mojave Desert. The new map provides contiguous topographic detail over a region approximately 500 kilometers by 400 kilometers (311 miles by 249 miles).

Image details

ID#:
PIA12077

Date added:
2009-06-18

Target:
Moon

Mission:
Deep Space Network (DSN)

Spacecraft:
Goldstone Antenna

Instruments:
Goldstone Solar System Radar

Size:
4000 x 3796 pixels (width x height)

Rating:



Views:
1,907

Full-Res TIFF:
PIA12077.tif (45.55 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA12077.jpg (1.9 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL