MOON PHOTOS: Lunar Orbiter's First Pictures Released

MOON PHOTOS: Lunar Orbiter's First Pictures Released
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The first images from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, including the above picture of the lunar highlands south of Mare Frigoris released on July 2, 2009, were taken along the moon's terminator--a dividing line between day and night, explained Arizona State University's Mark Robinson, who is in charge of the orbiter's cameras.

"Because of the deep shadowing, subtle topography is exaggerated, suggesting a craggy and inhospitable surface," Robinson said in a media statement.

"In reality, the area is similar to the region where the Apollo 16 astronauts safely explored in 1972," which is called the Descartes Highlands.
— Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
 
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