PIA02322: Triptych of the Moon

Triptych of the Moon


This composite image was made from three narrow-angle Cassini images which captured a significant portion of the Moon during the Moon flyby imaging sequence. From left to right, they show the Moon in the green, blue and ultraviolet regions of the spectrum. The spatial scale in the blue and ultraviolet images was 2.3 km/pixel. The original scale in the green image (which was captured in the usual manner and then reduced size by 2x2 pixel summing within the camera system) was 4.6 km/pixels. It has been enlarged for display to the same scale as the other two. All three images have been scaled so that the brightness of Crisium basin, the dark circular region in the upper right, is the same in each image. The imaging data were processed and released by the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, Tucson, AZ.

Photo Credit: NASA/JPL/Cassini Imaging Team/University of Arizona

Background Info:

Cassini, launched in 1997, is a joint mission of NASA, the European Space Agency and Italian Space Agency. The mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington DC. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Moon
System Earth
Target Type Satellite
Mission Cassini-Huygens
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Ultraviolet
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1999-09-10
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02322
Identifier PIA02322