PIA00131: Moon - False Color Mosaic
Target Name: Moon
Is a satellite of: Earth
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
Instrument: Solid-State Imaging
Product Size: 2600 x 2910 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Producer ID: P41490
Addition Date: 1996-02-05
Primary Data Set: Galileo EDRs
Full-Res TIFF: PIA00131.tif (16.68 MB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA00131.jpg (1.131 MB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

This false-color mosaic was constructed from a series of 53 images taken through three spectral filters by Galileo's imaging system as the spacecraft flew over the northern regions of the Moon on December 7, 1992. The part of the Moon visible from Earth is on the left side in this view. The color mosaic shows compositional variations in parts of the Moon's northern hemisphere. Bright pinkish areas are highlands materials, such as those surrounding the oval lava-filled Crisium impact basin toward the bottom of the picture. Blue to orange shades indicate volcanic lava flows. To the left of Crisium, the dark blue Mare Tranquillitatis is richer in titanium than the green and orange maria above it. Thin mineral-rich soils associated with relatively recent impacts are represented by light blue colors; the youngest craters have prominent blue rays extending from them. The Galileo project, whose primary mission is the exploration of the Jupiter system in 1995-97, is managed for NASA's Office of Space Science and Applications by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
1996-02-05