This mosaic of three images, taken by the advanced Moon Imaging Experiment (AMIE) on board ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft, shows Mare Humorum on the Moon.
The area shown in the top image is centred at a longitude of 40.2° West and latitude 25.9° South; the centre image is centred at a longitude of 40.2° West and latitude 27.3° South; the bottom image is centred at a longitude of 40.2° West and latitude 28.8° South.
Mare Humorum was not sampled by the Apollo program, so its precise age could not been determined yet. However, geologic mapping indicates that its age lies in between that of the Imbrium and the Nectaris basins, suggesting an age of about 3.9 ± 0.5 thousand million years.
Mare Humorum is a scientifically interesting area because it allows the study of the relationships among lunar mare filling, mare basin tectonics, and global thermal evolution to the major mascon maria – regions of the Moon's crust which contain a large amount of material with a density higher than average for that area (Solomon, Head, 1980).
Past studies (Budney, Lucey) revealed that craters in mare Humorum sometimes excavate highland material, allowing to estimate the thickness from below the mare cover. From this, it was also possible to determine that the multiring structure of the Humorum basin has a diameter of 425 kilometres (results based on the US Clementine global topography data).
In general, the chronology of lunar volcanism is based on the radiometric ages determined from landing site samples from the Apollo and Luna missions, from the study of the relationship between the stratigraphy (layering of deposits) in different regions, and from the analysis of lunar craters – how they degraded over time and how their distribution in number and size varies over the Moon's surface. From crater statistics, Hiesinger et al. (2000) found that in Humorum there was a peak of eruptions at about 3.3 to 3.5 thousand million years ago.
The images in this mosaic are raw data and no flat field or other corrections have been applied.