Lunar Nearside Mosaic
Date: 15 Dec 2010
For two weeks in mid-December 2010, the LRO spacecraft remained nadir looking (straight down) so that the LROC Wide Angle Camera (WAC) could acquire about 1,300 images, allowing the LROC team to construct this spectacular mosaic. As the Moon rotated under LRO's orbit, the ground track progressed from east to west (right to left in this mosaic), and the incidence angle at the equator increased from 69 degrees to 82 degrees (at noontime the incidence angle is 0 degrees).
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Last Update: 24 Mar 2011 (AMB)
Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University