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Moon's Rugged South Polar Region Composite
06.18.09
 
This composite image depicts the moon's rugged south polar region in two lights.

This composite image depicts the moon's rugged south polar region in two lights. The black and white image on the left is a computer generated view of the pole from radar reflectance data. The color image on the right is a topographic map of that same area. The color image on the right is the highest resolution topography map to date of the moon's south pole. It was generated by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., using data collecetd using the Deep Space Network's Goldstone Solar System Radar located in California's Mojave Desert. The new map provides contiguous topographic detail over a region approximately 500 kilometers by 400 kilometers (311 miles by 249 miles).

› Full resolution black & white jpeg (3.01 Mb)
› Full resolution color jpeg (3.74 Mb)