Planets and Moons  ID: 5027

Illumination at the Moon's South Pole to 80°S, 2025 to 2028

The visualizations on this page simulate the lighting at the South Pole of the Moon in the years 2025 to 2028 at two-hour intervals, a total of 17,532 time steps or frames. The field of view encompasses the area south of 80° south latitude.

Global terrain mapping by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's laser altimeter, LOLA, makes it possible to simulate sunlight and shadow on the Moon at any date in the past or future. This will be vital for planning exploration of the lunar South Pole, where the low Sun angle and rugged terrain produce a uniquely challenging lighting environment.
 

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Visualization Credits

Ernie Wright (USRA): Lead Visualizer
Noah Petro (NASA/GSFC): Scientist
Laurence Schuler (ADNET): Technical Support
Ian Jones (ADNET): Technical Support
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NASA's Scientific Visualization Studio

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Mission:
LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter)

Data Used:
JPL DE421 also referred to as: DE421
Ephemeris - NASA/JPL
LRO/LOLA/Digital Elevation Map also referred to as: DEM
Note: While we identify the data sets used in these visualizations, we do not store any further details nor the data sets themselves on our site.

This item is part of this series:
The Moon

Keywords:
SVS >> HDTV
SVS >> Moon
SVS >> Hyperwall
SVS >> LRO
SVS >> Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
SVS >> Moon >> South Pole
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Permanently Shadowed Regions