PIA12234: Craters and the Tell-Tale Signatures
Target Name: Moon
Is a satellite of: Earth
Mission: Chandrayaan-1
Spacecraft: Chandrayaan-1
Instrument: Moon Mineralogy Mapper
Product Size: 2048 x 1600 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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Many small, fresh craters bear signatures of water and hydroxyl, which are detected as absorptions of infrared light in the range of 3 micrometers by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper. Figure A, on the left, shows feldspar-rich terrain on the side of the moon facing away from Earth. The arrows point to the location of small, fresh craters. Figure B, on the right, indicates the reflectance as a function of wavelength for craters in Figure A. The water and hydroxyl signature in these regions is seen as a characteristic dip in reflectance in the infrared light near the 3-micrometer range, a region noted with a light-blue band. The dashed line shows background soil that doesn’t contain significant water or hydroxyl.

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

Image Addition Date:
2009-09-24