NASA to Release Enhanced Radar Imagery of Lunar South Pole

Radar image of the Lunar south pole. Credits: Cornell University

NASA scientists have obtained the highest resolution terrain mapping to date of the moon's rugged south polar region and will discuss the imagery Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the 3rd Space Exploration Conference in Denver.

Researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., generated the imagery using data collected with the facility's Goldstone Solar System Radar. The news media briefing is scheduled for noon MST in Room 506 of the Colorado Convention Center.

Panelists for the briefing are:
- Doug Cooke, deputy associate administrator, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
- Scott Hensley, principal investigator, Lunar Image Team, JPL
- Eric de Jong, principal investigator, Solar System Visualization, JPL

For reporters who are unable to attend, a call-in line will be available. Call-in information is available by contacting Stephanie Schierholz at 202-834-0548.

At noon MST on Feb. 27, terrain maps of the moon's south pole and other images will be available online at:

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The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics will host the conference Feb. 26-28 in Denver. Media may register to attend by contacting Sharon Grace of AIAA at 703-264-7532 or
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