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Preliminary results from Mariner 10: High resolution images of the MoonIn November of 1973 the Mariner 10 spacecraft acquired high resolution images of both the Earth and the Moon as it began its voyage to Venus and then Mercury. The best images had a resolution of approximately l km and were taken from an unusual viewpoint, above the lunar North Pole. At this time the Moon was illuminated such that the eastern limb, including approximately 30 degrees of the farside, was visible. Two high resolution mosaics were acquired during this period which provide excellent views of regions of the Moon poorly seen from the Earth. These include the Frigoris, Humboldtianum, Marginis, and Smythii regions. These images also covered expanses of highlands not visible from the Earth. These data were unique in that they were the only useful robotic spacecraft images of the Moon; and they remained so until December of 1990 when the Galileo spacecraft made its first encounter with the Moon. These Mariner 10 lunar images were acquired and are currently being used in conjunction with Earth-based telescopic spectra as well as Apollo and Lunar Orbiter photographic data to investigate the nature of deposits comprising the Northeast Nearside of the Moon. These Mariner 10 frames have proved useful for photogeologic, photometric, and photoclinometric analyses; they were also used in support of the second Galileo lunar encounter of December 1992.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Robinson, Mark S. (Hawaii Univ. Hilo, HI, United States)
Hawke, B. Ray (Hawaii Univ. Hilo, HI, United States)
Edwards, Kay (Geological Survey Flagstaff, AZ., United States)
Lucey, Paul G. (Hawaii Univ. Hilo, HI, United States)
Clark, Beth E. (Hawaii Univ. Hilo, HI, 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 3: N-Z
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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