NASA’s amazing spinning lunar map

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(KPLR) – NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been scanning the entire lunar surface for over the past four years.  Now, the space agency has stitched all of those pictures together to create one amazing rotating image of Earth’s closest natural satellite.

The surface of the moon appears to reflect light at different angles depending on where you view it from.  That turned out to be a real problem for scientists.  The images they got back from the orbiter all had bright centers and dark sides.  When NASA stiched the pictures together the result was a striped mosaic map of the moon.

To correct this problem NASA sent the orbiter to gather 35 more nearly complete global mosaics.  they put off of the images of the moon together to get the final result.  

Below is an example of an uncorrected mosaic map of the lunar surface.

Read more:  LROC

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