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Title: Moon - False Color

Source: Galileo

Information: This false-color image of part of the Moon was constructed from four images taken by Galileo's imaging system as the spacecraft flew past the Moon on December 7, 1992. The images were processed to exaggerate the colors of the lunar surface for analytical purposes. Titanium rich soils, typical of the Apollo 11 landing site, appear blue, as seen in Mare Tranquillitatis, left side; soils lower in titanium appear orange, as seen in Mare Serenitatis, lower right. Dark purple patches, left center, mark the Apollo 17 landing site and are ancient explosive volcanic deposits. Most of the lunar highlands appear red, indicating their low titanium and iron content.