Sunrise on the Moon..

On June 10, 2011, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter angled its orbit 65° to the west, allowing the spacecraft’s cameras to capture a dramatic sunrise view of the moon’s Tycho crater.

A very popular target with amateur astronomers, Tycho is located at 43.37°S, 348.68°E, and is about 51 miles (82 km) in diameter. The summit of the central peak is 1.24 miles (2 km) above the crater floor. The distance from Tycho’s floor to its rim is about 2.92 miles (4.7 km).

Tycho crater’s central peak complex, shown here, is about 9.3 miles (15 km) wide, left to right (southeast to northwest in this view).

Image Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

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  1. #1 by elcampeador on July 1, 2011 - 6:07 PM

    Should be Yojimbo, ‘ceptin that muslim outreach thingy, Obama has going. Glad all that’ working out

  2. #2 by Yojimbo on July 1, 2011 - 1:35 PM

    That is just a stunning photo, just stunning. It is just incredible to think how far we have advanced, and also how much we have been just treading water, instead of advancing, over the last decades. We should be further advanced than we are.

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