Saturday, March 19, 2011

Quickmap of a real "Super Moon"

The beginnings of public access to the developing "Quickmap" service, linking LROC Narrow and Wide Angle Camera photography is astounding and immediately useful. It was possible to identify excellent candidates for artifacts not yet publicized, like the impact crater of the Apollo 17 lunar module ascent stage "Challenger" and possibly Luna 9, for example [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

Mark Robinson
Principal Investigator
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera
Arizona State University

Try out the new LROC browse interface - Quickmap.

Its a lot of fun! Start at reduced WAC resolution and end up on the surface at full NAC resolution. Quickmap is brand new (and not 100% refined). But, it's ready for testing!

Give it a try and watch it improve over the next several months.

We hope you like it!

It was immediately possible to focus in on regular NAC observations of Tranquility Base and the rich context of its vicinity in southwestern Mare Tranquillitatis, picking the high glint off the Apollo 11 lunar module descent stage at a resolution of only 64 meters per pixel [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].

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