Modeling the LCROSS Impact Site
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- Ernie Wright
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The images here were created in the weeks prior to the impact. They visualize the viewing angle, terrain, and shadows around the target crater at the time of the impact. Astronomers in New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Hawaii used them as visual reference while guiding their telescopes. LCROSS project scientists also used these and similar images to evaluate a number of potential impact locations.
Using the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's DE421 ephemeris and early terrain data from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's laser altimeter, the artist was able to accurately depict the sunlight direction, shadows, moon orientation, terrain, and field of view for several representative observing locations on the Earth.
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
Palomar image credit: A. Bouchez, Palomar Observatory
- Ernie Wright (USRA) [Lead]
- Alex Kekesi (GST)
- Marte Newcombe (GST)
- Anthony Colaprete (NASA/ARC-SST)
- Tim McClanahan (NASA)
MissionsThis visualization is related to the following missions:
Datasets used in this visualization
Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing SatelliteSee more visualizations using this data set
LRO DEM (A.K.A. Digital Elevation Map) (Collected with the LOLA sensor)
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