A new NASA video, which was posted on YouTube, features about more than a dozen locations of interest in 4K mode. Images that we got from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter or LRO revels some new information about the moon’s evolution and structure along with helping the researchers to plan the future human missions to the moon.
NASA’s LRO is circling the moon from the year 2009 and has done a variety of discoveries at Moon. The orbiter has found some ice regions which are present in the permanently shadowed regions of the moon which are inside the sheltered craters and caves. The data given by LRO helps to provide some extra information and mineralogical mapping which help the scientists to understand the age if craters, lava basins and other features on the moon in a better way.
The landing missions on Moon which are scheduled for future can take advantage of mountain peaks or craters rims that are present at the moon’s north pole, as the video narrator explains in the lunar tour. The scientists have planned to zoom on the spots with consistent sun exposure, as a result, mission planners can put the solar panels there in order to support the future human missions.
According to NASA officials, the other possible landing location for the astronauts is Aristarchus Plateau, which is an ancient volcanic hotbed with a large crater, that is so bright that it is visible to naked eye. The infrared images of LRO reveal that the silicate-type minerals, pyroxene, and plagioclase are [resent which provide the confirmation about the volcanic eruptions that was occurred a long ago.
NASA added by saying on Tumblr that “LRO was designed as a one-year mission.” The spacecraft is currently in its 9th year and the collection of huge data is possible due to many orbits around the moon.