Release Date: 16 September 2005
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) SMART-1's AMIE camera obtained this image of the lunar surface from an altitude of about 3000 kilometers, with a resolution of 300 meters per pixel. The field of view of this image is about 150 kilometers and is centered on an area around 48.5° North, 3.2° East. North is up. Seen in this image, Vallis Alpes (Alpine Valley) is a spectacular feature that bisects the Montes Alpes range. It extends 166 kilometers from Mare Imbrium, trending north-east to the edge of the Mare Frigoris (Sea of Cold). The valley is narrow at both ends and widens to about 10 kilometers across.
Image Credit: ESA/Space-X, Space Exploration Institute