Montage of MLA topography, solar illumination from topography (selected for maximum illumination of Prokofiev), radar cross-section (inverted scale), and MLA reflectance at 1064 nm. The high optical reflectances on the north-facing interior of Prokofiev, and the close correspondence of MLA-dark and -bright regions with radar-bright areas and models of surface temperature, indicate that the optically bright areas likely coincide with surface exposures of water ice. Optically dark surfaces in other radar-bright areas indicate a surficial layer of darker compounds.
Date acquired: November 29, 2012
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington