Spectacular new images of a gigantic crater on the moon were captured recently by a low-skimming NASA satellite.
In November 2011, the space agency’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft passed over the moon’s Aristarchus crater, which spans 25 miles (40 kilometers) and is more than 2 miles (3.5 km) deep. Photos from the pass were released Dec. 25.
The huge and highly reflective Aristarchus is easily visible with the naked eye. But the details shown in the new photos are a special treat from an extremely low flyover by LRO.