No one has ever seen the moon from Earth in such detail as in the topographic map created by scientists at Arizona State University.
Using the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, the team delivered topographic data on an unprecedented scale.
“Our new topographic view of the moon provides the dataset that lunar scientists have waited for since the Apollo era,” the lead investigator says.
“Although the moon is our closest neighbor, knowledge of its morphology is still limited. Due to instrumental limitations of previous missions, a global map of the moon’s topography at high resolution has not existed until now,” the university says. “With the LRO Wide Angle Camera and the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) instrument, scientists can now accurately portray the shape of the entire moon at high resolution.”
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