January 11, 2009

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image from Kaguya Image Gallery

If your Japanese is rusty (or non-existent), I think the characters in the title say Kimura, which is the name of the crater depicted in the latest digital fly around from the Kaguya spacecraft in orbit around the Moon. This single image and a version draped over topography was released earlier; added now is the video of flying around the exterior of the crater. This is not as dramatic as the Tycho fly around because this little crater has less depth and less freshness than Tycho. This is a case where the video visualization is not as informative as the single frame image, because the latter is much higher resolution, remarkably higher! But perhaps if you download the 175 MB MPEG the fly around will be more spectacular!

Chuck Wood

Yesterday's LPOD: L-ISCT 2

Tomorrow's LPOD: Zupiddy Do Da


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