Rainbow Moon

Image courtesy NASA/MIT/SVS

The moon’s highs and lows are revealed in full color in a new topographic map produced by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and released December 17.  Using a laser pulse split into five beams, the spacecraft has made the most accurate map yet of the contours of the entire lunar landscape.

The above picture shows the moon’s southern hemisphere, with higher regions seen in red and low places in blue.

Published December 30, 2010

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