We are having a broad, open request right now for people, new and established, to come visit the MoonMappers section of our site and help us to find craters. Why? We’re gearing up to present at the NASA Lunar Science Forums conference to be held at NASA Ames research center in California. The conference starts in three weeks, though! In order to present the best science possible, we need to have as many craters identified as possible. Right now, we’re [...]
Moon Mappers needs your help right now! The results for the Apollo 15 region will be presented at a scientific conference in mid-July, but we need more craters for the complete dataset. Keep marking those craters, and you just may win a prize pack! We have these goodies for whoever marks the 400,000th crater in Moon Mappers. We’re currently at about 380,000, so join in. Moon Mappers needs your help more than ever before. We’ll delve deeper into the science in [...]
Figuring out what is popping up at you and what is popping down and away from you in an image can be very difficult. Our brain just doesn’t have enough information to do this right a lot of the time. So, it guesses. And it uses shadows to help make those guesses. But sometimes, it still guesses wrong. Very wrong.
One of the regions we’re looking at with Moon Mappers is the Apollo 15 landing site area. It’s a neat place and we can study a lot of things there. Due to a quirk of optics and angles, you can even imagine you’re flying towards it. When the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) peers down from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) at the moon, normally the camera is aimed straight-down (or very close to it). We call that a slew angle [...]
You have 10 minutes where you’re not doing anything else, you boot up your computer, open the internet browser, and of course your first place to go is CosmoQuest’s Moon Mappers. You start to identify craters and in all your markings, you start to wonder, where am I? What am I looking at? Where on the moon is this? We’ve selected two regions to start with in studying the moon. Apollo 15 Landing Site The first stop is the Apollo [...]