Clerke Crater Interior

Light-colored streaks of debris on the dark grey lunar surface.
NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
CreditNASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
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Interior wall of Clerke crater.

Since 2009, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has collected hundreds of thousands of images of the moon and beamed them to Earth. Combined into a global mosaic, the images provide a dynamic look at how the moon’s surface is changing over time. But individually, the striking visual contrasts of the grey-tone landscapes convey rich texture and abstract beauty.