In another rare oblique-angle view from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter we get a look at the hilly highland terrain around a lunar crater called Vertregt J. The image above shows a shadow being cast by a cratered ridge…check out the image at right for a larger zoomable view of the region. (This area is on the Moon’s far side so it’s not something that can ever be viewed directly from Earth.)
The LRO captured these images as it was maneuvering into position to image Aitken Crater (see previous post). While it’s difficult for the LRO to get images at these kinds of angles because of issues with heat and the other instruments needing a straight-down orientation, the perspective they provide on surface details is well worth the risk!
Read more on the LRO mission site here.
Image: NASA / GSFC / Arizona State University