Nasa has created the largest photograph of the Lunar North Pole, enabling space fans to visit and explore the moon’s north pole.
The ‘LROC Northern Polar Mosaic’ comprises of 10,581 photos taken over four years by scientists on board Nasa’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is currently on a mission to map the surface of the moon.
Two LRO Narrow Angle Cameras were used to capture the photograph - part of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. Overall the area mapped is a quarter of the size of the United States.
To view the photographs head over to the dedicated website and use the arrow controls to zoom in and out and around the surface.
Each pixel is equivalent to two meters (6.5 feet) and the entire mosaic comprises of 931,070 pixels. This enables you to see an extremely high level of detail; you can easily see different textures, boulder tracks and craters. Whether you are a space fan or not, it’s well worth checking out.
Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University