May 12, 2010
image from Moon Zoo
Moon Zoo has appeared. After a tantalizing pre-release in March the full version is now available. Moon Zoo is an educational and entertaining way for normal folks - like you and me - to contribute to characterization of the the lunar surface. The Zoo displays Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images to analyze using an interface that is easy to learn; you can start contributing to lunar science after registering and watching a short training video. You have three task. First is to identify craters and measure their diameters as a way to determine ages of units. Second is to identify craters surrounded by boulders to estimate regolith thickness. Third is to point out interesting features, such as bright craters, dark halo craters, weird craters and spacecraft, for later detailed studies. I marked one such feature with a purple rectangle - it seems to be cracks in an impact melt.
Yesterday's LPOD: Find the Crater
Tomorrow's LPOD: Basinal Surprises