The Moon’s North Pole


gigapan_small_str01NASA has created the largest high resolution mosaic of the Moon’s north polar region using images taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbit. The 2-meter-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of the United States.

A large version of the map has been posted at http://lroc.sese.asu.edu/gigapan. At that site you can zoom in and out, and pan around an area. The map mosaic was constructed from 10,581 pictures and provides enough detail to see textures and subtle shading of the lunar terrain. Consistent lighting throughout the images makes it easy to compare different regions.

Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

10 thoughts on “The Moon’s North Pole

      • Maybe not hardware, but what about the Russian guy that the Internet swears was launched into the moon in the early 1960s? (The Internet would not lie to me. A certain gelatinous blob in Maryland told me so.)

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