Lunar polar topography derived from Clementine stereoimages

A. C. Cook, T. R. Watters, M. S. Robinson, P. D. Spudis, D. B.J. Bussey

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Clementine stereoimagery has been used to produce digital elevation models of the Moon, at a scale of ∼1 km/pixel. These models cover regions poleward of 60° in both hemispheres and reveal topography beyond that covered by the Clementine laser-altimeter or Earth-based radar. By combining these polar terrain models with the current Clementine laser altimeter data we have produced a global topographic map of the lunar surface. Several topographic features in the new polar topographic data set are described, including three previously unrecognized pre-Nectarian impact basins. Several known basins have also been mapped, including the southern extent of the South Pole-Aitken basin, and other previously suspected basins have been verified.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1999JE001083
Pages (from-to)12023-12033
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Geophysical Research E: Planets
Issue numberE5
StatePublished - May 25 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geophysics
  • Forestry
  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Soil Science
  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Earth-Surface Processes
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Palaeontology


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