Do you recognize the
when you see it? The crazy, patchwork appearance of
the false-color image
makes this almost full
view of the Moon's
familiar near side
look very strange.
The Sea of Tranquillity
) is the bright blue area at right, the Ocean of Storms (Oceanus Procellarum) is the extensive blue and orange area on the left, and white lines radiate from the crater Tycho
at bottom center.
Recorded in 1992 by the Galileo spacecraft enroute to Jupiter, the picture is a mosaic of 15 images taken through three color filters.
The image data was combined in an exaggerated color scheme to emphasize composition differences
- blue hues reveal titanium rich areas while orange and purple colors
show regions relatively poor in titanium and iron.
exploring the Moon's
global surface composition were made in 1994 by the Clementine spacecraft.