Young Crater

Impact crater with light-colored debris branching out from a dark center.
NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
October 3, 2017
CreditNASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
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Young unnamed crater located within Mare Fecunditatis.

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.