Archive for May 2016

Komarov Crater on the far side of the Moon   2 comments


Komarov Crater imaged in meshlab, with extra contrast added in photoshop.  6.62 degrees in longitude, 6 degrees in latitude sector from SLDEM at Map a Planet 2.


Closeup of floor of north end of Komarov Crater with a portion of Mare Moscoviense at the upper right. Scene is about 90 km in width.

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Overhead view from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera.


Posted May 29, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Tycho’s Central Peak   Leave a comment


Meshlab snapshot of Tycho’s central peak generated from LRO LOLA and Kaguya Terrain Camera DEM Merge available for public use at the Astrogeological Science Center found here.  For comparison, see camera view below:


Posted May 24, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Hercules and Atlas   Leave a comment


Wooden model of Hercules and Atlas craters.  Scale of model about 1:650,000. (240mm x 400mm) Photo taken with red flashlight and then color removed.  First model with data from SLDEM dataset at 512 pixels per degree.

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Overhead view from Quickmap.


Black leather dye was used to ebonize the model.  Finished with a dull lacquer.


Posted May 20, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Copernicus 3D   Leave a comment


There is a new dataset, 512 pixels per degree from 60 degrees north to 60 degrees south that combines Selene and LRO into one SLDEM.  It’s too big to easily manage, so Map A Planet 2 (beta) lets you select an area of interest and have the file processed for download.  Just the faintest of seams remain.

Posted May 17, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Aristarchus Plateau   Leave a comment



1:750,000 scale model:  6 degrees of longitude and about 6.5 degrees latitude 240mm on a side.  Maple lumber finished in tung oil/polyurethane blend.  Data from Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter at; ldem_64.jp2.

Posted May 4, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized

Apollo 15 quarter-million scale   Leave a comment


242mm square model of Rima Hadley, the Apollo 15 landing site in the center.  Model in maple lumber.   The model was cut in 4/4 lumber and the base of the model is thin:  moisture in the wood resulted in the model warping.  2 degrees on a side does not reveal curvature.  Data from 2007 USGS Hadley Rille Panoramic Stereo Model.

Posted May 4, 2016 by finkh in Uncategorized