Apollo 15 landing site Relief Map   4 comments

I’ve begun a project to print lunar surface features using a rapid prototyper, or 3D printer.  The Clementine data is only one kilometer per pixel.  The Japanese Space Agency, JAXA,  published lunar DEM, or Digital Elevation Model last week,  but the only data currently available is 16 pixels per degree.  A staffer on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission kindly pointed me to the little high-resolution data available at the USGS website.  The highest resolution lunar terrain model that  exists and is open to the public is a model of the large area around the Apollo 15 landing site.  It is about 450 km on a side, and there is  a 10 meter/post version from Apollo Panoramic Camera images, and a 50  meter/post version from Apollo Metric Camera images, these models were created by the USGS.  You can find the USGS models on this page: http://webgis.wr.usgs.gov/pigwad/down/moon_dl.htm
They are the 1.9 GB download labeled ‘Hadley Rille Panoramic Stereo Model.’

The above image was generated from the 50 meter/post version.  The data was read into Mathematica, and the function ReliefPlot generated the image, initally ten million points and 265 meg.  I saved the map as a jpeg.  You can see some of this image in Google Earth, after selecting the Moon from the Planets menu and searching for Rima Hadley.

This is a 3D plot of a portion of the above data.  The z direction in and out of the screen is exaggerated.

The final product:  http://lpod.wikispaces.com/March+10%2C+2010


Posted November 17, 2009 by finkh in Uncategorized

4 responses to “Apollo 15 landing site Relief Map

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  1. Pingback: Apollo 15 Landing Site in 3D « AstroPhoto

  2. Hello,

    Thanks for your links and info. I am interested in using the highest possible publicly available USGS to recreate the landing area and surroundings in 3D, perhaps on 3ds max or as a map/level for Crysis or similiar 3d game/engine..

    Could you point me to the highest resolution available? I know you gave a link, but where to download the 1 meter/post version?


    • There is no 1-meter data. The LRO currently in orbit will produce 10 meter data for the entire moon, and 50cm data for selected areas. This will be ready at the end of the year or early next year.

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