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LCROSS aims for the Moon

LCROSS aims for the Moon

NASA / GSFC / animation by Emily Lakdawalla

LCROSS aims for the Moon
Seventeen screen caps taken from NASA TV over a period of 42 minutes chronicle the journey of LCROSS to meet the Moon. The animation goes up to about 10 minutes prior to impact.
LCROSS aims for the Moon

NASA / GSFC / animation by Emily Lakdawalla

LCROSS aims for the Moon
Thirteen screen caps taken from NASA TV over a period of about eight minutes chronicle the journey of LCROSS to meet the Moon. The animation goes up to less than a minute before impact.

LCROSS aims for the Moon

NASA / GSFC / animation by Emily Lakdawalla

LCROSS aims for the Moon
Twelve screen caps taken from NASA TV over a period of 42 minutes chronicle the journey of LCROSS to meet the Moon, as seen through its infrared camera. The first nine frames are spaced on average about 4 minutes apart. The last few frames come from the final seconds before impact. The thermal infrared camera images are false color, with cooler areas in blue and warmer in red. The spectrum keeps adjusting to completely cover the range of temperatures visible in the image. In the first frame, there is a range of 460 different pixel values. In the final frame, the range covers only 32 pixel values, which is why it appears noisier.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Emily Lakdawalla

Original image data dated on or about October 9, 2009

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