The Moon's North Pole

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    NASA image release September 7, 2011

    The Earth's moon has been an endless source of fascination for humanity for thousands of years. When at last Apollo 11 landed on the moon's surface in 1969, the crew found a desolate, lifeless orb, but one which still fascinates scientist and non-scientist alike.

    This image of the moon's north polar region was taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC. One of the primary scientific objectives of LROC is to identify regions of permanent shadow and near-permanent illumination. Since the start of the mission, LROC has acquired thousands of Wide Angle Camera images approaching the north pole. From these images, scientists produced this mosaic, which is composed of 983 images taken over a one month period during northern summer. This mosaic shows the pole when it is best illuminated, regions that are in shadow are candidates for permanent shadow.

    Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

    NASA Goddard Space Flight Center enables NASA’s mission through four scientific endeavors: Earth Science, Heliophysics, Solar System Exploration, and Astrophysics. Goddard plays a leading role in NASA’s accomplishments by contributing compelling scientific knowledge to advance the Agency’s mission.

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    1. Calin Suciu 32 months ago | reply

      It's interesting that the craters are disposed in a spiral form ;)

    2. K)) [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

      Wow this is an impressive view! :o

    3. colorblindxs2 32 months ago | reply

      This is Extrodinary!!

    4. deepgloat 32 months ago | reply

      @ kjs3341: I saw the same thing. It looks like the image is slightly sprial-warped. Hopefully someone from Goddard will drop by to explain this.

    5. yatagarasu255 32 months ago | reply

      I think it's because "which is composed of 983 images taken over a one month period during northern summer." shadows of most craters are from the outer side, that produce spiraling effect.

    6. pattiecovert 32 months ago | reply

      We all can picture the moon in our heads...AMAZING to see something so KNOWN in a new perspective!

    7. TWELVE1110 PHOTOGRAPHY 32 months ago | reply


    8. jared 32 months ago | reply

      This is beautiful. Makes me want to live in one of those dark side structures.

    9. brdonovan 32 months ago | reply


    10. teafordinner 32 months ago | reply

      incredible. so glad this was put together. so wild

    11. Nitryl Disposable Gloves 31 months ago | reply

      color image? so we can see the real moon look please

    12. quader™ [deleted] 31 months ago | reply


    13. MICROPRODUCCIONES DIGITALES 28 months ago | reply

      Guapisima saludos desde tarragona

    14. RODRIGO1329 27 months ago | reply


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