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Composite Moon Map Offers Stunning Views of the Lunar Surface [Astronomy]

Researchers at Arizona State University have stitched together a massive high-resolution map of the moon; seen the moon in astounding detail.

Using images fro the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) they carefully stitch a massive map of the moon with a higher resolution than the public has ever seen before:

The WAC has a pixel scale of about 75 meters, and with an average altitude of 50 km, a WAC image swath is 70 km wide across the ground-track. Because the equatorial distance between orbits is about 30 km, there is nearly complete orbit-to-orbit stereo overlap all the way around the Moon, every month. Using digital photogrammetric techniques, a terrain model was computed from this stereo overlap.

Hit up the link below to check out the images and the process they used.

Lunar Topography as Never Seen Before [via NASA]

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  • Published 11/18/11

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