Is the Moon 100% mapped?
Credit: NASA/GSFC/USGS. For the first time, the entire lunar surface has been completely mapped and uniformly classified by scientists from the USGS Astrogeology Science Center, in collaboration with NASA and the Lunar Planetary Institute.
What is the scale of the lunar surface map?
The adopted spherical radius used to define the map scale is 1737.4 km (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project Lunar Geodesy and Cartography Working Group, 2008; Archinal and others, 2011).
How tall is the shard on the Moon?
‘The Shard’ or ‘the Tower’ Hoagland, who comments on this photo at “Richard Hoagland’s Lunar Anomalies.” Taken from a distance of about 250 miles, the strange structure (if that’s what it is) would be enormous — seven miles high, by Hoagland’s calculations.
Where is Shackleton crater on the Moon?
the lunar south pole
Shackleton is an impact crater that lies at the lunar south pole. The peaks along the crater’s rim are exposed to almost continual sunlight, while the interior is perpetually in shadow.
How much of the moon was explored?
Only 5% of the Moon’s surface has been explored by humans, and Neal showed scaled maps of the Apollo landing sites overlaid on maps of Africa, Europe and the US, revealing just how small a portion of the Moon has been explored directly by humans.
How big is the Moon?
1,079.6 miMoon / Radius
What is moon surface?
The surface of the moon The moon’s surface is covered with dead volcanoes, impact craters, and lava flows, some visible to the unaided stargazer. Early scientists thought the dark stretches of the moon might be oceans, and so named such features mare, which is Latin for “seas” (maria when there are more than one).
What made the Moon ring like a bell?
The Moon rang like a bell On November 20, 1969, Apollo 12 deliberately crashed the Ascent Stage of its Lunar Module onto the Moon’s surface; NASA reported that the Moon rang ‘like a bell’ for almost an hour, leading to arguments that it must be hollow like a bell.
Has ice been found on the Moon?
Scientists have found water ice in the cold, permanently shadowed craters at the Moon’s poles. Water molecules are also present in the extremely thin lunar atmosphere.
Which pole of Moon is visible from Earth?
The near side of the Moon is the lunar hemisphere that always faces towards Earth, opposite to the far side. Only one side of the Moon is visible from Earth because the Moon rotates on its axis at the same rate that the Moon orbits the Earth—a situation known as tidal locking.