June 22, 2013
image by Chuck Wood
Recognize this? Probably not, because it hasn't been released yet. In March at the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team tacked up on the wall a number of photographic prints of spectacular LRO images. This is a full Moon illumination for nearly the entire lunar globe. My iPhone snapshot fails to do it justice - it is a WAC mosaic similar to the one used for the LRO QuickMap, except this is for high Sun. It is like the Clementine mosaic except with better resolution (100 m, I presume) and better depiction of tonal gradations. I hope that this mosaic will show up some day as a layer option on the QuickMap. And I hope that there will be more global mosaics, perhaps a low Sun mosaic and ultimately one showing a multispectral Moon to replace the old Clementine one that provides compositional information. LRO has been in orbit 4 years today and I bet there will be many more surprises to come.
Yesterday's LPOD: Harbinger Highlights
Tomorrow's LPOD: The Moon in Focus