The south pole of the Moon always remains one of the mysterious and important points in the history of space exploration. The newest achievement was an event that amazed everyone — a composite image of the south pole of the Moon, presented by National Geographic together with NASA. This unique photo is based on images taken from two different cameras in orbit around the Moon.
To get this impressive image, photos taken by two cameras were used: the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) installed on the NASA Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter and the ShadowCam on the Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter of the Korea Aerospace Research Institute. This was made possible thanks to cooperation between NASA and international partners.
Impressive features of NASA’s ShadowCam
One of the key features of this composite image is high resolution and detail. The new NASA-funded ShadowCam camera turned out to be 200 times more sensitive to light than the previous ones. This made it possible to obtain an image of the south pole of the Moon with incredible quality and accuracy.
This event is of particular importance in the context of future space missions. The image also shows a topographic map of the Moon’s south pole, where potential landing sites for the future Artemis III mission are highlighted. This mission will be an important step in the exploration of our moon and has the ambitious goal of landing people on the Moon for the first time in half a century.
International interest in the mysterious area
It is worth noting that interest in the Moon is not fading, other countries are also actively exploring the possibility of landing their missions at the south pole of the Moon. The recent Chandrayaan-3 mission was a great achievement when, for the first time in the history of space exploration, a spacecraft landed near the south pole of the Moon. Together with the United States and China, India is now actively exploring this mysterious area.
Thus, the south pole of the Moon remains the object of great interest and research for the whole world. The events of recent years indicate that the future of space exploration of the Moon promises to be exciting and productive.
Earlier we reported on how NASA is preparing to postpone the return of people to the Moon.
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