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JAXA's Moon ... As Though you Were There! (March 2010)
by: Simon Hanmer
- The rocks you are looking at are likely covered by a thick, uniform layer of dust.
- There’s more to the lunar surface than impact craters. Keep an eye out for arrays of parallel fracture systems, and don’t be surprised to see two sets at different angles in the same place. This is actually standard for fracture systems.
- In some cases, these fracture systems appear to control volcanic processes, especially the emplacement of vertical sheets of lava (dykes) and collapse structures above them, which can even lead to the formation of skinny – and observable – rift valleys.
If you want to see these and more Kaguya images in high definition, go to the JAXA web site; the catalogue is extensive and excellent. If you’re hooked on HDTV, go to the JAXA channel on YouTube where you can follow the HD movies that will make you feel as though you are really orbiting the Moon yourself!