The new data will help to better understand the properties of the volcano and the processes occurring in the craters. NASA photo
The map was compiled using data collected "Lunar Orbiter Rekonassans» (Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter), launched to the Moon in June 2009. The spacecraft is equipped with six measuring devices, including wide-angle and camera and a laser altimeter.
In the pictures published on the official website space agency one pixel is 100 meters, in the study of open almost the entire surface of the moon. We can consider the smallest height, which is equal in size two football fields.
"Our new topographic image of the moon provides data that lunar explorers were waiting with the era of" Appolonov "" — said Dr. Mark Robinson of Arizona State University who developed the camera to the spacecraft.
He explained that now scientists can determine precisely which deviation from the major geological regions of the moon and how it was a strain on the surface layers.
The new data will help to better understand the properties of the volcano and the processes occurring in the craters. All of this information is useful in planning future human and robotic missions to the moon.