Earth's Moon - Galileo

False-color image of Mare Tranquillitatis and Serenitatis on the moon

Earth's Moon
Galileo false-color image of the Mare Tranquillitatis and Mare Serenitatis areas of the Moon. The picture was constructed from four exposures taken during Galileo's second Earth/Moon flyby on 8 December 1992. The colors are enhanced to highlight compositional differences. Mare Tranquillitatis at left appears blue due to titanium enrichment. Orange soil in Mare Sarenitatis at lower right indicates lower titanium. Dark purple areas at left center mark the Apollo 17 landing site, composed of explosive volcanic deposits. Red lunar highlands indicate low iron and titanium. Mare Serenitatis is roughly 1300 km across and North is at 5:00. The 95 km diameter crater Posidonius, centered at 32 N, 30 E, is at the middle of the bottom of the frame. (Galileo, P-41477)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1992-12-07
Distance/Range (km): N/A
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): +18.,026. E
Orbit(s): Flyby

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: crater, plains
Instrument: Solid State Imaging CCD Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 800 x 800, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): .46 x .46
Filter: N/A
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: P-41477
Other Image ID number: GLL/EM18
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): 89-084B-10B
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): 89-084B-10C
Other ID: N/A

Updated 18 March 2003, DRW.