New Views of the Moon 2 is Now Available Online

December 8, 2023

view of the earth from the moon

This is a view looking over the Moon’s south pole from the far side, with Shackleton crater (20 km across) in the foreground with the Diviner Lunar Radiometer Experiment (DLRE) polar summer maximum temperature data overlain on Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras (LROC) Wide Angle Camera (WAC) morphologic basemap (see https://bit.ly/3s9qKVH). The DLRE overlay colors correspond to surface temperatures ranging from very cold < 50 K (dark blue) to a very warm 350 K or more in sunlight (red to yellow). The view of Earth was taken by the LROC Narrow Angle Cameras (NAC) and colorized using visible bands from the Wide-Angle Camera. These data in this perspective view were downloaded from the Lunar QuickMap (https://quickmap.lroc.asu.edu), a collaboration between NASA, Arizona State University and Applied Coherent Technology Corp.

The much-anticipated sequel to the 2006 “New Views of the Moon” is now available online in Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, Volume 89, published jointly by the Mineralogical Society of America and the Geochemical Society. This latest volume, aptly named “New Views of the Moon 2,” presents a comprehensive overview of the current state of knowledge of the Moon and the advancements in lunar science and exploration since the original volume was published.

Over the past 17 years, the Moon has been the focus of more than 15 new missions and counting! This surge in lunar exploration marks the beginning of an exciting new era, with promises of resuming human lunar exploration, investigations into the lunar poles, and missions to many other high-priority science targets. Therefore, it is fitting to summarize the current state of knowledge to the degree possible when advancements in knowledge of the Moon are proceeding at a breakneck pace.

This most recent volume is a collaborative effort that stems from three workshops held from 2016–2018, gathering input from a diverse global lunar science and exploration community. Dr. Lisa R. Gaddis, Director of the Lunar and Planetary Institute, played a crucial role in developing this book, serving as a member of the Science Organizing Committee. Gaddis also contributed her expertise as one of the book editors and co-authored 4 of the 19 chapters, on one of which she was the lead author.

As we gear up for the Artemis missions and the prospect of returning to the Moon, New Views of the Moon 2 is a valuable resource, helping to frame our knowledge and expectations for the exciting lunar journey ahead.

For more information, visit https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/rimg/issue/89/1.

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