Astrogeology Science Center

Plaskett crater as seen by Clementine's UVVIS camera
Plaskett crater as seen by Clementine's UVVIS camera
Clementine map of the topography of the Moon
Clementine map of the topography of the Moon
Clementine UVVIS mosaics of Tycho Crater, Right: 3 color composite, Center: color composite of wavelength ratios, Left: ratio image
Clementine UVVIS mosaics of Tycho Crater, Right: 3 color composite, Center: color composite of wavelength ratios, Left: ratio image

USGS cartographers used data and images from the Clementine spacecraft, relying on four cameras (UVVIS 415-1000nm; NIR 1100-2789 nm; HI-RES 415-750 nm; LWIR 9 microns) to map the moon. Using the UVVIS and NIR cameras the entire Moon was mapped at a resolution of 125-250 m/pixels. From these data it became possible to map the mineralogy (rock types) of the entire Moon, a truly unprecedented feat in the history of planetary exploration. In addition to the multispectral mapping cameras the Clementine spacecraft also carried a laser altimeter. The laser altimetry data made possible the first ever uniform global lunar topographic map.