Newly Recovered Image of the Moon's South Pole

Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project (LOIRP) Releases New Image of the Moon's South Pole

"This image was taken by Lunar Orbiter IV in May 1967 and shows the south pole of the Moon. Figure 1 shows the region with out labels. The moon's south pole is located near the rim of Shackleton Crater. Adjacent to the south pole is Shoemaker crater named in honor of famed planetary geologist Eugene Shoemaker. The Lunar Prospector spacecraft, carrying some of Shoemaker's ashes, was deliberately crashed in this crater in an attempt to see if any water ice would be thrown up by the impact. The Lunar CRater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) will be targeted to impact at either the south pole of the moon. As such. the moon's polar regions are of great interest right now."

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