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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.

NASA / GSFC / ASU

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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