Science and Exploration

Orientale Basin As Seen From Lunar Orbit

By Keith Cowing
April 22, 2018
Filed under , ,
Orientale Basin As Seen From Lunar Orbit
Orientale Basin

The Moon’s Orientale basin is a massive lunar crater, about the size of Texas.
Here, NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) terrain map combines with surface gravity measurements from the GRAIL mission. This data reveals structure in the lunar crust, beneath the surface, giving us a window on the geologic features of the Moon’s interior.

Larger image

SpaceRef co-founder, Explorers Club Fellow, ex-NASA, Away Teams, Journalist, Space & Astrobiology, Lapsed climber.