Tycho crater’s central peak complex casts a long, dark shadow near local sunrise in this spectacular lunarscape. The dramatic oblique view was recorded on June 10 by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Shown in amazing detail, boulder strewn slopes and jagged shadows appear in the highest resolution version at 1.5 meters per pixel. The rugged complex is about 15 kilometers wide, formed in uplift by the giant impact that created the well-known ray crater 100 million years ago. The summit of its central peak reaches 2 kilometers above the Tycho crater floor.

Credit: Astronomy Picture of the Day at NASA / GSFC / Arizona State Univ. / Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Tagged with:  
Share →

SSERVI Science Teams

  • NLSI’s CCLDAS Team Building Dust Accelerator

    757

    CCLDAS supports experimental facilities for carrying out small-scale, dusty plasma experiments.

    The moon’s fine dust, the result of millions of years of meteoritic bombardment, is highly electrostatically charged because of its exposure to the solar wind, UV radiation, and magnetospheric plasmas. Charged lunar dust moves in all directions, is lofted many kilometers above the lunar surface and sticks to anything it comes in contact with, creating challenges for instrument programs and human exploration of the moon.

Inspiration Room

NLSI Inspiration Room

ELS 2015

Did you know?

The Moon is 4.5 billion years old.

Read More



Upcoming Events