15 Jul '11, 7pm

The mineral moon

The mineral moon

This is another color-enhanced image of the moon captured by the Galileo spacecraft. It shows the different changes in color on the northern hemisphere of the moon according to its mineral composition. According to NASA , "Bright pinkish areas are highlands materials. Blue to orange shades indicate volcanic lava flows." The moon has been continually assaulted by comets, asteroids and meteoroids because it has no atmosphere to slow them down.

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