When Something Big Slammed Into the Moon
While in its new higher elliptical orbit, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter may be trying to conserve fuel but it’s certainly not holding back on the amazing images!
The shot above — actually a mosaic of 8 separate images taken during 4 consecutive orbits — shows Giordano Bruno, a 21-km (13-mile) wide crater that may be the result of a comet or asteroid impact 10 million years ago. To us, that’s a long time — longer than humans have walked on Earth. But to a 4.5 billion-year-old Moon, that’s just yesterday!
See the full size zoomable mosaic here.