This image of the lunar surface was taken by NASA's MoonKAM system onboard the Ebb spacecraft and shows Crater Poinsot located on the northern part of the moon's far side.
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Far Side of Moon Imaged by MoonKAM

This image of the lunar surface was taken by NASA's MoonKAM system onboard the Ebb spacecraft on March 15, 2012. The 42.3-mile-wide (68-kilometer-wide) crater in the middle of the image (with the smaller crater inside) is Poinsot. Crater Poinsot, named for the French mathematician Louis Poinsot, is located on the northern part of the moon's far side.

MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students), is led by Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, and her team at Sally Ride Science, in collaboration with undergraduate students at the University of California in San Diego. Over 2,700 schools in 52 countries have signed up to participate in MoonKAM.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., manages the GRAIL mission for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, is home to the mission's principal investigator, Maria Zuber. The GRAIL mission is part of the Discovery Program managed at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver built the spacecraft. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.

Information about MoonKAM is available online at https://moonkam.ucsd.edu. For more information about GRAIL visit http://www.nasa.gov/grail or http://grail.nasa.gov.

Image details

ID#:
PIA15515

Date added:
2012-03-22

Target:
Moon

Mission:
Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL)

Spacecraft:
GRAIL's Ebb

Instruments:
MoonKAM

Size:
485 x 714 pixels (width x height)

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA15515.tif (1.04 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA15515.jpg (0.06 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/Caltech-JPL/MIT/SRS