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Chain of Elliptical Craters on the Moon (wide & detail)

Chain of Elliptical Craters on the Moon (wide & detail)

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Chain of Elliptical Craters on the Moon (wide & detail)
Contiguous elliptical craters form a discontinuous rille. This is a small segment of an LROC observation made on July 17, 2009, less than a month after its launch. At the time, the spacecraft was in its preliminary orbit, higher above the lunar surface than its planned science orbit, so at its full resolution LROC got 1.55 meters per pixel on the surface here, about three times poorer than its eventual science images. This context image has been downsampled to 10 meters per pixel.

Here is a view of the same area from Lunar Orbiter:

And here is a full-resolution detail view from the LROC image.

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

Original image data dated on or about July 17, 2009

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