LROC Northern Polar Mosaic LNPM – the Largest Photo ever taken

LROC Northern Polar Mosaic LNPM - the Largest Photo ever taken

NASA published a panorama of the Moon’s surface called “LROC Northern Polar Mosaic (LNPM)” in 2014, and it was 681 gigapixels. The gigantic photo was captured by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter over four years. On 18 June 2009, NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to map the surface of the Moon and collect measurements of potential future landing sites as well as key science targets. After two and a half years in a near-circular polar orbit, LRO entered an elliptical polar orbit on 11 December 2011 with a periapsis (point where the LRO is closest to the surface) near the south pole, and the apoapsis (point where LRO is furthest from the surface) near the north pole. The increased altitude over the northern hemisphere enables the two Narrow Angle Cameras (NACs) and Wide Angle Camera (WAC) to capture more terrain in each image acquired in the northern hemisphere. As a result, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) archive now contains complete coverage from 60°N to the north pole (except of course for areas of permanent shadow) with a pixel scale of 2 meters. Image: Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter official page

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