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High Resolution Topographical Map of the Moon Created

High Resolution Topographical Map of the Moon Created

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  A new highly detailed image of the lunar surface was just released by investigators in charge of the imaging cameras aboard the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). The view includes only a year’s-worth of data, and covers nearly the entire surface of Earth’s natural satellite.

Astronomers say that this dataset has the highest resolution of any other created for the Moon. The LRO is therefore moving one step closer towards completing its main objective, which is to find a suitable landing spot for future manned mission to the lunar surface.

Originally, the space probe was supposed to act as a spy for Project Constellation, the American space agency’s lunar-oriented program. However, since the project was scrapped by the Obama Administration back in 2010, the spacecraft is now strictly a scientific mission.

Its onboard camera system is one of the most exquisite even sent to space, and therefore capable of conducting high-resolution imaging sessions above the lunar surface. The newest image is created at a resolution levels of around 100 meters (328 feet) per pixel.

Scientists from the Arizona State University (ASU), in Tempe, are the main investigators for the LRO Camera . More at  http://news.softpedia.com/news/Highly-Detailed-Topographical-Map-of-the-Moon-Created-235059.shtml

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