Dionysius Crater

Close-up of crater rim terrain, with stark dark-and-light contrasting streaks resembling trickling patterns.
NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
October 3, 2017
CreditNASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
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Eastern rim of Dionysius 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.