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What is sticking out of this crater on the moon?

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posted on Mar, 13 2020 @ 03:37 PM
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India's coverage misses the crater, China's is taken at local noon so have no shadows that make the images useful, but Japan's Kaguya does have some coverage. If I get time I'll try and get some.

It can be found in the following Apollo images (links to very high res sources):

wms.lroc.asu.edu...

tothemoon.ser.asu.edu...-32-4797

tothemoon.ser.asu.edu...-62-8914

tothemoon.ser.asu.edu...-151-23163

in this lunar orbiter image

www.lpi.usra.edu...

and very briefly at 1:46 in this video (bottom of the screen):

www.youtube.com...

Rocks. Craters. Amazing enough without added fairy dust.
edit on 13/3/2020 by OneBigMonkeyToo because: added link




posted on Mar, 14 2020 @ 04:09 AM
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Japan's view, made from 4 individual tiles:



and a 3D model I made from those tiles:




posted on Mar, 14 2020 @ 04:30 AM
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A different angle focussing on the crenellated edge:




posted on Mar, 14 2020 @ 07:23 AM
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China's view:




posted on Mar, 15 2020 @ 03:14 AM
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And finally (it takes a while to get 2.2Gb DEM files from them, twice as long when you find out you downloaded the wrong one), here's a 3D view from China's data:



There is nothing floating above the surface. The bright spot is a spot on one of the dips in the crater lip and the extended shadow is either from that or a product of undulations in the crater floor, or both. The image showing a pronounced spike has serious issues and can't be relied on.

Just for fun, seeing as I did it, here's a view looking up from the crater floor using Japan's data.




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