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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Rough Features of a Smooth Plain

Filed under Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Moon

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Rough Features of a Smooth Plain Sinus Iridum, "The Bay of Rainbows," is one of the smoothest areas of the Moon, and parts of it appear almost featureless from a distance. But when the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter trains its high-resolution camera on even the flattest sections of the plain, it reveals a complex surface of craters, ejecta, and boulders.


Original image data dated on or about March 1, 2013.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.


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