Finally, we can see within the Shackleton permanently shadowed region (PSR)! In this area, the floor is littered with boulders resting on a large hummocky deposit. Brightness contrasts arise from the interplay of topography, secondary ...
First ShadowCam PDS Release!
Footprint plot of the just released ShadowCam observations around the south pole [NASA/KARI/Arizona State University].
The ShadowCam team is excited to announce the time has arrived for the first release of ShadowCam data into the PDS!
Seeing in the Shadows
ShadowCam is based on the successful Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) and is approximately 200 times more sensitive than the current NAC, which will allow scientists to see into the permanently shadowed regions (PSRs) surrounding the Moon's poles.
What are PSRs?
Permanently Shadowed Regions
Permanently shadowed regions (PSRs) may be the most valuable real estate in the Solar System, with the potential for cold-trapped volatiles, which could provide essential resources to enable future exploration of the Moon and beyond.
NASA, ASU, and KARI
NASA selected ShadowCam as a contribution to the Korea Aerospace Research Institute’s (KARI) first lunar exploration mission, Korea Pathfinder Lunar Orbiter (KPLO). ShadowCam will address three of four Strategic Knowledge Gaps and join four other KARI-developed instruments onboard KPLO.