Science Seminars

11/5/2015 – Unusual impact-related processes revealed by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Speaker: Josh Bandfield (SSI)
Date: Thursday, Nov 05, 2020
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: LSTR 299

Seminar Abstract:

The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera and Diviner Radiometer have collected a systematic set of high-quality images and thermal infrared measurements of the Moon. These data have been used to characterize regolith and rock distributions that have revealed an unusual series of properties associated with lunar impact craters. Two separate studies will be described: 1) granular flow deposits and “cold spots” – extensive regions of fluffed-up regolith surrounding young lunar craters, and 2) a unique region of rocky debris and melt ponds antipodal to Tycho crater. The lunar surface continues to reveal previously unrecognized, but apparently fundamental surface processes that are likely to have parallels elsewhere throughout the Solar System.