Here’s a close-up look at the central peak of our moon’s Aitken Crater, part of an image captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on January 11, 2010. Taken at an angle, this view offers a nice sense of relief and perspective on a lunar feature not normally visible in direct-overhead shots.
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has collected an extremely limited number of these oblique views of the lunar surface, which are useful for engineering purposes and visualizing key geologic features on the lunar surface – like Aitken.
84-mile-wide Aitken Crater is part of an ancient basin system located on the far side of the Moon. It is one of the largest and oldest impact basins in the entire solar system! The central peak of the crater rises well over 3,000 feet from the crater floor…and for an even closer look at the peak, click here; it’s a view of the bright region on the right side of the peak seen above, where lighter-colored lunar soil has been revealed by a landslide or impact.
Read more about this on the LRO site here.
Image: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University