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The colors in this image reveal information about the slope and roughness of the moon's surface. Here, the red channel shows slopes at the largest scale (half a kilometer or about one-third mile), green in between, and blue at the shortest scale (about 50 meters or 165 feet). The rough terrain of relatively young craters appears white, while basin ejecta—material thrown out of the large craters at the time of impact—has an orange color, meaning that this material is rougher at the large scale than at the small scale. The map is adapted from the Journal of Geophysical Research (2011)

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