Psychedelic topographic Moon

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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, one of my favorite space probes ever, takes amazing high-res pictures of the lunar surface. But more than that, it can map the elevations of lunar features using shadows as a guide. Knowing the angles of the Sun, the Moon, and its viewing position, it can accurately gauge the elevations of the Moon’s surface as it takes image after image, orbit after orbit.



3 thoughts on “Psychedelic topographic Moon

  1. It’s amazing the reach that technology has today. But what’s more amazing to me is that with all this million dollar technology we have, it took them so long to find bin Laden and some of the other high profile terrorists out there. They have satellites that can practically count the hairs on a gnat’s ass but can’t figure out where these criminals are hiding. Go figure. Maybe we ought to tell them they are hiding a new astrological formation in their back pocket and see if they can find them then. LOL

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