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Selene, Japan's lunar spacecraft and HD peeping Tom, keeps sending stunningly-detailed information from our crystal clear Moon to trashed Mother Earth. These first-ever high definition global topographic maps of the Moon were created using 1,127,392 point measurements, taken with its laser altimeter. And they are just preliminary versions.
These images are enlargement of a part of the image of Apollo 11 landing site taken by Multiband imager (MI) on December 16, 2007. The landing site of Apollo 11 is pointed out by a red arrow in the left image.
The left image shows the single-band image (750nm) and the right image shows the color composite band ratio images among three bands (415nm, 750nm and 950nm). In the first report of MI, only a band ratio image showing the comparison of the strength of two bands (750nm and 1000nm) is posted, but for this image, three band ratio images
are assigned to RGB (Red, Green, Blue) colors. MI is able to analyze mineral distributions and degree of space weathering with such band ratio images.
For instance, the red colored area covering the most part of the right image are thought to be old soil that exposed in space for long time and suffered space weathering heavily. In contrast, the blue to yellow green colored areas in spots indicate the flesh soil that were excavated by impacts of meteorites and suffered little space weathering effect. We have to study further to know which minerals distributed around this area.
Many Apollo samples from this area will help us to analyze the KAGUYA image data in the future study.
The data was processed by LISM/MI team.
These are digest version of HD movies of "Earth-rise" and "Earth-set" taken by the high definition television
(HDTV) on November, 7, 2007 (JST). These movies are higher resolution movies (DVD quality) than those in JAXA Video
Archives.("Earth-rise" "Earth-set" )
Please enjoy the bleak but spectacular Moon and the vivid Earth.
In future, JAXA will make efforts to up more high resolution HDTV movies in cooperation with NHK (Japan
Until now, the gravity anomaly of the far side of the Moon has not been understood well. The gravity anomaly, which was obscure before, has been clearly revealed through observations by the Kaguya mission. For instance, the gravity anomaly of a basin on the far side is found to be characterized by a negative anomaly in a ring like the Apollo basin. On the other hand, the gravity anomaly of the basin on the near side is uniformly positive over the region such as with the Mare Serenitatis. Thus, the clear difference in gravity anomaly on the near side and the far side has been newly discovered and this fact brings a different story about the structure of the underground and the history of the evolution of the far side and near side of the Moon.
The gravity anomaly map for many regions will be developed more precisely and show the difference of gravity anomaly between the near side and the far side by adding more observation data. The latest observation data by the Kaguya will play a key role to promote the study of the origin and the evolution of the Moon. In addition, highly accurate lunar gravity distribution data will be useful for future lunar explorers.
A new gravity anomaly map developed by the KAGUYA reveals that not only the Apollo basin, but many other basins on the far side of the Moon are characterized by a large negative gravity anomaly. Such a signature of far side gravity is distinguished from that on the near side. For example, the Mare Serenitatis, the representative basin on the near side, shows a strong positive (red color) gravity anomaly at the center of the basin (figure in the middle). The newly found difference of gravity anomaly on the near side and the far side gives us clues to important questions regarding the structure of the lunar interior and the formation of the far side and near side of the Moon.
What will it take to live and work on the moon's surface? That's the question a NASA team demonstrated during an early June week on the lunar-like landscape near Moses Lake, Wash.
NASA scientists took some of their most promising lunar equipment concepts -- robots, rovers and more -- to perform a multitude of field tests, activities they believe will be needed to live and work on the moon.
One test series studied how astronauts would handle and manipulate equipment on a planetary outpost. Astronauts will need a helping hand during early lunar outpost construction and as they expand their base of operations.
Wed, Oct 22 07:03 AM
Sriharikota (Andhra Pradesh), Oct 22 (IANS) With a perfect liftoff, India's first spacecraft to the moon entered its scheduled orbit early Wednesday, placing the country in a select group of six. The US, former Soviet Union, European Space Agency, China and Japan have sent spacecrafts to the moon earlier.
The 44-metre-tall 316-tonne rocket, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C11), had a copybook launch at 6.22 a.m., and completed its mission by placing the lunar orbiter Chandrayaan into its scheduled orbit around the earth within 18 minutes, just as planned.
By 2015, to hear NASA tell it, a new manned spacecraft--the evocatively named Orion--will be carrying crews to Earth's orbit. By 2020, Orion will be paired with the lunar lander Altair. That same year, fresh American bootprints will be made on the lunar soil--the first since the Apollo 17 mission in 1972. Contractors have been chosen, metal is being cut, and most important, money has been allocated.
The Lunar Laser Ranging Instrument (LLRI), one of the Indian payloads on board Chandrayaan-1, has completed about 40 per cent coverage of the lunar polar region and it will soon provide new data, according to J.A. Kamalakar of Laboratory for Electro-Optics Systems, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bangalore.