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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Hubble shoots the Moon

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Hubble shoots the Moon Hubble Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 mosaic of crater Copernicus. Hubble's crisp bird's-eye view clearly shows the ray pattern of bright dust ejected out of the crater over 1 billion years ago. Hubble can resolve features as small as 600 feet (200 meters) across in the terraced walls of the crater, and the hummock-like blanket of material blasted out by the meteor impact. The view was captured on April 16, 1999.

NASA / John Caldwell (York University, Ontario) / Alex Storrs (STScI)

Original image data dated on or about April 16, 1999.

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

 

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