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Unprecedented Topographic Map of the Moon

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posted on Dec, 19 2010 @ 11:00 AM
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I saw this and wanted to share with you all.


The new LOLA maps are more accurate and sample more places on the lunar surface than any available before. "The positional errors of image mosaics of the lunar far side, where direct spacecraft tracking – the most accurate -- is unavailable, have been one to ten kilometers (about 0.62 to 6.2 miles)," said Neumann. "We're beating these down to the level of 30 meters (almost 100 feet) or less spatially and one meter (almost 3.3 feet) vertically. At the poles, where illumination rarely provides more than a glimpse of the topography below the crater peaks, we found systematic horizontal errors of hundreds of meters (hundreds of yards) as well." In terms of coverage, the nearly three billion range measurements so far by LRO compare to about eight million to nine million each from three recent international lunar missions, according to Neumann. "They were limited to a mile or so between individual data points, whereas our measurements are spaced about 57 meters (about 187 feet) apart in five adjacent tracks separated by about 15 meters (almost 50 feet)."


Also of interest:


The landscape in polar craters is mysterious because their depths are often in shadow. The new LOLA dataset is illuminating details of their topography for the first time.


Sources:

www.sciencedaily.com...

www.nasa.gov...

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edit on 19-12-2010 by Aggie Man because: to add additional source




posted on Dec, 19 2010 @ 08:23 PM
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There has got to be a much, much higher resolution picture or complete elevation datas, where can I get these, I could help set up a torrent or something.

I'll check back in this thread, I don't get notifications to replies



posted on Dec, 19 2010 @ 10:33 PM
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lets embed shall we.






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