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It has been thought that the lunar highland crust was formed by the crystallization and floatation of plagioclase from a global magma ocean, although the actual generation mechanisms are still debated. The composition of the lunar highland crust is therefore important for understanding the formation of such a magma ocean and the subsequent evolution of the(More)
[1] The Spectral Profiler (SP) onboard the Japanese SELENE (KAGUYA) spacecraft is now providing global high spectral resolution visible-near infrared continuous reflectance spectra of the Moon. The reflectance spectra of impact craters on the farside of the Moon reveal lithologies that were not previously identified. The achievements of SP so far include:(More)
There are two major freely available global digital elevation datasets, known as GTOPO30 and SRTM. To know the accuracies of those data in global scale, relative evaluation of these data and validation with global scale are performed. We compared elevation values of GTOPO30 and SRTM 30 arc second datasets globally and found there are places in the world(More)
Introduction: The Spectral Profiler (SP) is a visible near infrared spectrometer onboard Japanese lunar orbiter, "KAGUYA (SELENE)" which was launched on September 14, 2007 and started its normal operation from December 21, 2007. SP will obtain continuous reflectance spectra of the lunar surface with broad spectral coverage (500-2600 nm) , high spectral(More)
Introduction: The Lunar Imager/ SpectroMeter (LISM) is an instrument being developed for the SELENE project that will be launched in 2007. LISM consists of the three subsystems, Terrain Camera (TC), Multiband Imager (MI), and Spectral Profiler (SP). The subsystems share some components and electronics [1]. MI is a high-resolution multiband imaging camera(More)