Explore the Lunar North Pole

Nasa mosaic providing a stunning insight into craters, melt ponds and fractures of the moon.
 
  • Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
    Hannah Bouckley
    Last updated: 19 March 2014, 15:47 GMT

    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.

    Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

    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

    Hannah Bouckley
    Last updated: 19 March 2014, 15:47 GMT

    Related stories  

    Tags  

     

Computing 

A child's hands using a keyboard and mouse

How to make Windows 8 safe for your child

Worried about what your kids might find on the internet? Microsoft’s operating system lets you put limits on their online adventures.

 

Most popular

 

Please note: comments aren't published automatically between 11pm and 8am. Please read our House Rules