Thursday, September 24, 2009

Spectral Cubes from '3-Qubed '

An image cube, demonstrating measurements by NASA's Moon Mineralogy Mapper (3M, or '3-Qubed') on the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chandrayaan lunar orbiter. The rainbow-colored panels to the top and right represent the different reflected light, or spectral, signatures that underlie every point in the image. These signatures allow determination of the surface composition. This particular image cube was measured on Feb. 5, 2009 and includes the Apollo 15 landing site adjacent to Rima Hadley. [ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Brown]

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