The Floor of Anaxagoras Crater

shadowy depths and brightly-illuminated rocks on the Moon
NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
CreditNASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
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This image from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the floor of the Moon's Anaxagoras crater, including a portion of the crater's anorthositic central uplift. The boulders perched on ridges are eroding out of densely fractured bedrock. This image was taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera, or LROC, which consists of a pair of narrow-angle cameras and a single wide-angle camera. The mission has returned terabytes of image data.