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 (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA12229.tif (1.444 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA12229.jpg (59.63 kB)

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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.

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ISRO/NASA/JPL-Caltech/Brown Univ.

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