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Spectral and multispectral imaging studies of lunar mantled mare depositsNear-IR reflectance spectra (0.6-2.5 microns) and CCD images in the extended visible range (0.4-1.0 microns) obtained with Earth-based telescopes have been used to investigate the composition and origin of formations in the Schiller-Schickard region of the Moon. Of particular interest are the Schickard light plains, which represent an area of mantled mare basalt, or cryptomare. Here local pre-existing mare basalts were eroded and incorporated into a highlands-rich deposit by eject a from the Orientale Basin. Spectra observations of mature and immature highland and mare surfaces, as well as dark-halo crater materials provide information on the mafic mineralogy of features in the area. Analyses of the '1 micron' absorption band and spectral mixing models indicate that selected spots in the light plains contain on the order of 50 percent mare basalt. CCD image cubes can be used to map the amount of basalt in the light plains and evaluate changes with radial distance from Orientale.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Blewett, D. T.
(Hawaii Univ. Honolulu, HI, United States)
Hawke, B. R.
(Hawaii Univ. Honolulu, HI, United States)
Lucey, P. G.
(Hawaii Univ. Honolulu, HI, United States)
Bell, J. F., III
(NASA Ames Research Center Moffett Field, CA., United States)
Jaumann, R.
(Deutsche Versuchsanstalt fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany)
Hiesinger, H.
(Deutsche Versuchsanstalt fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany)
Neukum, G.
(Deutsche Versuchsanstalt fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany)
Spudis, P. D.
(Lunar and Planetary Inst. Houston, TX., United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1993
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar and Planetary Inst., Twenty-fourth Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. Part 1: A-F
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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