I love false-color mosaics of the lunar surface — I suppose Clementine is to blame for that.
Yes, I’m a moon geek. Shut up. This topographic image of Sinus Iridium is from the LRO camera, currently in orbit and discovering exciting new things.
Wow – five spacecraft launched to the Moon in three years! The latest is China’s second lunar orbiter, Chang’e 2, which was launched 1 October 2010 and arrived at the Moon on 6 October. Chang’e 2 carries a higher resolution camera than Chang’e 1 that may help Chinese scientists scout out the proposed landing site for their upcoming lander/rover, Chang’e 3. Currently the Chinese lander is slated to land in Sinus Iridum (Bay of Rainbows) sometime before 2013. Why Sinus Iridum? The WAC topographic map shows the area to be very flat and nearly featureless. However as the LROC Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) keeps showing us, there are no featureless spots on the Moon – everywhere on the Moon is fascinating!
(Emphasis mine, because… YES. THIS.) I hope the Chinese lander makes it to Iridium, and that they share their data!