Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Future Moon: 'Working the Crater"

Another excellent, very useful and imaginative virtual diorama by John Moore, created using the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter laser altimeter (LOLA) digital elevation model (DTM) and both LROC NAC and WAC photography.

Having impacted upon the eastern rim of lunar crater Virtanen (15.66°N, 176.72°E) - a Constellation program 'Region Of Interest' - a possible site for further exploration of the Moon), this small, unnamed 12-kilometre-sized crater holds some wonderful geological features for scientists and geologists to explore.

Some of these features are still not well understood, so setting up bases in and around such craters will lead to profound discoveries regarding how they formed and developed over time - from initial impact to final settlement.

Directly Related:
Lunar Landslides! (October 15, 2011)

John Moore: Exaggerating the elevation (October 17, 2012)
LROC: The Rays of Messier A (April 6, 2012) John Moore DTM-based survey included.

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