Image Feature

The Lunar Far Side as Seen by the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter
03.12.10
 
Colorful topography data on the moon's far side from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA)
Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center

Topography data from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) aboard the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter reveal a violent impact history on the far side of the Moon.  Scientists are using LOLA data to identify and map the distribution of impact craters and basins on the lunar surface, which in turn reveals information about the age of the lunar crust and early bombardment of the Solar System.

Related Links:

› LOLA Website
› Goddard's LRO Website
 
 
NASA/GSFC