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

By Jason Fitzpatrick on November 18th, 2011

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]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/18/11
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