1 July 2013

Curtin Researchers Identify 280 New Craters on the Moon

Curtin University researchers have identified what could be an additional 280 craters on the Moon, using a combination of gravity and terrain modelling.

Prof Will Featherstone, Dr Christian Hirt and Assoc Prof Michael Kuhn of Curtin’s Institute for Geoscience Research received Australian Research Council grants to use satellite-collected gravity and elevation data to develop an ultra-high resolution gravity map of Earth.

Curiosity taking over, the team then applied these techniques to the Moon, identifying 280 lunar craters never mapped before, 66 of those categorised as distinctly visible from both a gravity and topographic perspective.

Prof Featherstone said that identifying such a large number of lunar craters was a result of using computer modelling of the lunar gravity and topography data, where regional features were removed to reveal more detailed basins that would otherwise be obscured using other techniques.

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