Tycho’s Central Peak

Tycho's Central PeakThe Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been at work for five years. In celebration of those five years, the LRO project asked the public to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover of a special image collection. After two weeks of voting, this image of Tycho Central Peak was the winner. The Tycho Central Peak rests inside an impact crater and showcases a breathtaking view of the lunar landscape.

The crater’s central peak complex is about 15 km wide in this view. The Tycho crater is about 82 km in diameter. The central peak’s summit rises 2 km above the crater floor.

Image Credit: NASA

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