Monday, 10 Dec 2018
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New amazing photo of Moon reveals a surface detail never seen before

Our beautiful Moon has many stories to tell from recent events, such as humans who arrived for a visit around us in 1969 and ancient stories that have marked the face of the natural satellite of the Earth.

Thanks to the Lunar Recognition Orbiter, NASA was able to take superb photographs of the Moon's surface.

The latest, a recent crater, fascinates because it is in an area called Mare Orientale, which is the product of an old impact. Eastern has 3.8 billion years, while the new, unnamed crater probably has only 100 million years.

According to NASA, the crater itself is about 1,000 kilometers from the site where Neil Armstrong landed. At only 1.8 km away, it is impossible to see Earth at the naked eye.

The crater is at the crossroads of the near side and the hidden side of the Moon

It is located near the border between the near and the hidden side of the Moon, which adds to the complexity of seeing it from Earth. According to NASA, if you stood and watched from the crater, you would see the Earth slowly oscillating on the horizon.

A rather wonderful thought when you are trapped here, and an idea that rather inspires the imagination.

You can download a high resolution copy of this lunar crater for a thorough inspection. At 467MB, it's not small, but the details contained in the picture are amazing. You can explore it in full on the NASA website.

The lunar reconnaissance orbiter is responsible for some of the best moon images we have ever seen. It is equipped with a trio of cameras that mimic the surface in black and white and in color.

The LRO is also crucial for future missions on the moon. If humans return home, a safe place to land will be needed and the LRO helps NASA understand the Moon's terrain.

Originally, the LRO was expected to last only one year in orbit, but has been extended several times, as have many NASA missions. It has also been used to debunk theories that humans would not have landed on the moon, sending back images of the equipment left behind by the Apollo Missions.

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