News Release Archive:

News Release 494 of 1051

October 19, 2005 01:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-29

NASA's Hubble Looks for Possible Moon Resources


Image: Hubble's View of the Apollo 17 Landing Site

Hubble's View of the Apollo 17 Landing Site

Screen-use options: These files are created for viewing on your monitor

Highest-quality download options: The best resolution available


This image of the Taurus-Littrow valley shows the Apollo 17 landing site (the "+" symbol in the image). This region marks the last time — December 1972 — that humans walked and drove on the Moon's surface. Astronomers are using the Apollo 17 images (and those of the Apollo 15 site) as "ground-truth" in an effort to discriminate lunar materials enriched in ilmenite, a titanium-bearing oxide of potential value as a resource in human exploration of the Moon. Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys took the image on Aug. 16, 2005.

Object Name: Moon

Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated

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


All images from this news release:

To access available information and downloadable versions of images in this news release, click on any of the images below: