Since mid 2010 the scientific community has access to the data collected by SMART-1 mission that orbited the Moon between 2004 and 2006. The onboard camera (AMIE) collected during that period images with the then state-of-the-art resolution and coverage of the lunar surface. The scientific interest of SMART-1 images is historical, as the data offers a snapshot of the lunar surface during the mission period, allowing comparative studies of the lunar surface. Our aim in this work is to build the atlas of the Moon as SMART-1 captured it. During the Earth escape phase, the AMIE CCD was damaged by radiation, invalidating the laboratorial flat field correction algorithm. A new image calibration procedure was developed based on the in-flight images and on theoretical models. This was followed by a mosaicing technique applied to all the 31947 collected images , to select, compensate geometrical distortions and compose a total of 88 maps of the lunar surface.
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2012|