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October 19, 2005 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-29

NASA's Hubble Looks for Possible Moon Resources

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Image: Aristarchus Plateau in Ultraviolet Light

Aristarchus Plateau in Ultraviolet Light

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The Hubble Space Telescope Advanced Camera for Surveys imaged Aristarchus crater and nearby Schroter's Valley rille on Aug. 21, 2005. The Hubble images reveal fine-scale details of the crater's interior and exterior in ultraviolet and visible wavelengths at a scale of approximately 165 to 330 feet (50 to 100 meters) per picture element. Aristarchus crater is 26 miles (42 kilometers) in diameter and approximately 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) in depth, and sits at the southeastern edge of the Aristarchus plateau. The plateau is noted for its rich array of geologic features, including a dense concentration of lunar volcanic rilles (river-valley-like landforms that resulted from the collapse of lunar lava tubes), source vents, and volcanic materials that erupted in giant explosive events. Aristarchus is one of the youngest large craters on the Moon. It probably formed between 100 and 900 million years ago.

Object Name: moon

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Garvin (NASA/GSFC)

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Montage Image: Hubble Reveals Potential Titanium Oxide Deposits at Aristarchus and Schroter's Valley Rille Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration Hubble Reveals Potential Titanium Oxide Deposits at Aristarchus and Schroter's Valley RillePRC2005-29b Schroter's Valley Rille in False Color Image Type: Astronomical Schroter's Valley Rille in False Color Aristarchus Crater in False Color Image Type: Astronomical Aristarchus Crater in False Color

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