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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Comparison of Kaguya Terrain Camera and Apollo 17 images

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Comparison of Kaguya Terrain Camera and Apollo 17 images The image on the right was captured by Gene Cernan or Harrison Schmitt, looking northeast from the Apollo 17 landing site in the Taurus-Littrow valley on the Moon. The image on the left was generated from photos and digital terrain models produced by the Terrain Camera on the Kaguya lunar orbiter. Although Kaguya cannot manage the small scale of detail on the rocks in the foreground of the Apollo 17 image, the similarity of the shape and texture of the distant hills is striking.


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