PIA12229: Mineral Mapping the Moon
Target Name: Moon
Is a satellite of: Earth
Mission: Chandrayaan-1
Spacecraft: Chandrayaan-1
Instrument: Moon Mineralogy Mapper
Product Size: 800 x 601 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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This is an early mineral map derived from the different reflected light, or spectral, signatures, measured by NASAís Moon Mineralogy Mapper on board the Indian Space Research Organizationís Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft. The green, purple and blue areas are covered with iron-rich lava flows. These are similar to the lava flows of Hawaii. The red and pink regions contain the mineral plagioclase. Plagioclase is one of the minerals found in granite rocks on Earth, such as the granite of Yosemite National Park.

Image Credit:
ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Brown Univ.

Image Addition Date:
2009-09-24