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Mapping the Moon
July 16, 2014 4:28 PM   Subscribe

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, is a system of three cameras mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) that capture high resolution photos of the lunar surface . . . .The LROC team assembled 10,581 NAC [narrow angle camera] images, collected over 4 years, into a spectacular northern polar mosaic.
posted by insectosaurus (5 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

Wow, that's an incredibly detailed and beautiful image.

Makes me want to plop an Mk2 Lander Can smack dab in that big crater.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:36 PM on July 16 [1 favorite]

Are the craters really so thickly clustered at the pole, or is it some trick of the light? Seems an odd angle for so many meteor hits.
posted by Greg_Ace at 4:50 PM on July 16

Are the craters really so thickly clustered at the pole?

No, I think it's just a projection effect, the bane of mapmakers and wide-field astronomers. Relevant xkcd, of course.
posted by RedOrGreen at 4:55 PM on July 16 [1 favorite]

So cool!
posted by brundlefly at 6:20 PM on July 16

I am unreasonably excited about this in an almost entirely unscientific way.

I just love the moon.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:35 PM on July 16

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