Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Moon Mineralogy Mapper shows the Moon in a new light.

JPL has just posted some images captured by the Indian Space Research Organization's Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft.

The pair of images above is an image released by JPL based on Moon Mineralogy Mapper data for the Orientale region. The left image strip is a color composite of data from 28 separate wavelengths of light reflected from the moon. The blue to red tones reveal changes in rock and mineral composition, and the green color is an indication of the abundance of iron-bearing minerals such as pyroxene. The right image strip of the pair is from a single wavelength of light that contains thermal emission, providing a new level of detail on the form and structure of the region's surface.

The final image is the result I got by merging the first two images. The result is that one can more easily associate the colors with geological features.

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