New Vistas of the Moon and Mars
The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is returning spectacular high-resolution, color, three-dimensional images of Mars. By late 2008 or early 2009, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will be launched, arriving at the moon three days later. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera will return images that are at as high resolution as those from HiRISE. This talk will discuss why scientists want to compare the high-resolution images of the moon and Mars. The moon is like a "control experiment" when it comes to showing the effects of impacts and volcanism on a dry planet, processes which also occur in the ice-rich crust of Mars.