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Illumination of Lunar North Pole

Illumination of Lunar North Pole


Date: 28 December 2004
Satellite: SMART-1
Depicts: Area near lunar north pole
Copyright: ESA/SMART-1/SPACE-X Space Exploration

This image was taken by the AMIE camera on board SMART-1 on 29 December 2004 from a distance of 5500 km. It shows an area, 275 km across, of heavily cratered highland terrain close to the lunar north pole (upper left corner).

The image is used to monitor illumination of the polar areas, and long shadows cast by large crater rims.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
26-Jun-2022 12:07 UT

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