Aristarchus Plateau As Seen From Lunar Orbit

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Aristarchus Plateau

The Aristarchus plateau is an area of the Moon ripe for future exploration due to the diversity of its impact and volcanic materials.

It features a prominent crater so bright it's not only visible through telescopes, but also to the naked eye. This region can tell us a lot about the rich volcanic history of the Moon. The river-like structure is actually a channel made from a long-ago lava flow.

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