The 12" Moon globe
accurately portrays the topographical features of the earth's moon.
Cartography is based on altimetry
collected by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
and labeled with over
850 lunar features
that include craters, valleys basins, etc.
is color-coded to highlight the impressive variations in lunar elevations.
Impact basins and deep craters show up clearly in blue, whereas high peaks
and rugged terrain are colored white, red, and orange. Basins that are
virtually invisible in the earlier Moon globe models are clearly
identifiable in the topographic version of the Moon globe. The huge South
Pole-Aitken Basin is a particularly dramatic example.