Galileo Multispectral Imaging of the North Polar and Eastern Limb Regions of the Moon

Science  20 May 1994:
Vol. 264, Issue 5162, pp. 1112-1115
DOI: 10.1126/science.264.5162.1112


Multispectral images obtained during the Galileo probe's second encounter with the moon reveal the compositional nature of the north polar regions and the northeastern limb. Mare deposits in these regions are found to be primarily low to medium titanium lavas and, as on the western limb, show only slight spectral heterogeneity. The northern light plains are found to have the spectral characteristics of highlands materials, show little evidence for the presence of cryptomaria, and were most likely emplaced by impact processes regardless of their age.