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SMART-1/AMIE mosaic of the lunar South Pole

Date: 22 September 2010
Satellite: SMART-1
Depicts: Lunar South Pole
Copyright: ESA/SMART-1/AMIE

This mosaic is composed of images of the lunar south pole (Foing et al., 2009; mosaic by M. Ellouzi), taken between May 2005 and February 2006, during different phases of the mission and from a distance of about 400 km, allowing medium-field snapshots (about 40 km across) and high-resolution views (40 m/pixel) of the region (Grieger et al., 2008). From 109 of 113 SMART-1 images of the Shackleton area taken during the season, an illuminated peak - located 7 km from the Shackleton rim - was identified. This "Peak of (almost) Eternal Light" (see link in right-hand menu) could be used to supply electricity - via solar panels - for a future international lunar base.


Last Update: 23 September 2010

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