NASA’s amazing spinning lunar map

FOX2now.com

(KTVI) – NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been scanning the entire lunar surface for over the past four years.  Now, the space agency has stitched all of those pictures together to create one amazing rotating image of Earth’s closest natural satellite.

The surface of the moon appears to reflect light at different angles depending on where you view it from.  That turned out to be a real problem for scientists.  The images they got back from the orbiter all had bright centers and dark sides.  When NASA stiched the pictures together the result was a striped mosaic map of the moon.

To correct this problem NASA sent the orbiter to gather 35 more nearly complete global mosaics.  they put off of the images of the moon together to get the final result.

Below is an example of an uncorrected mosaic map of the lunar surface.

Read more:  LROC

643nm_nophotom_1000p

View original post

Advertisements
By BeEtLjOoZ

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s