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Amazing Moon Photos from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter

Chang'e 3 Landing Site Map

NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University

This map shows the landing site of China's Chang'e 3 moon lander. [Read the Full Story Here]

Complicated Crater

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The crater rim is well-formed and relatively distinct, with ejected blocks nearby (some blocks might even fall inside the crater). Portions of the upper crater walls have jagged, fractured material that may serve as the source for some of the mass-wasting observed lower on the crater walls. This image was released June 20, 2013.

Ka-Pow!

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High-reflectance ejecta and low-reflectance impact melt streamers surround this fresh impact crater. This image was released June 20, 2013.

Young Oval Crater

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This young crater formed on the sloping southern wall of Harvey crater, which is very degraded, and may be an example in which target surface slope controlled final crater shape (as opposed to impact angle). This image was released June 20, 2013.

Revealed Surface

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Southern slope of unnamed fracture along the eastern mare/highland boundary of Mare Insularum. This image was released June 13, 2013.

Layer of Pyroclastics

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Northeastern wall of Bode C crater. This image was released June 12, 2013.

Giordano Bruno Whorl

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The crater Giordano Bruno is a favorite of lunar scientists due to its relatively young age and the amazing impact melt features found within and without the crater walls. This image was released June 7, 2013.

Slope Resurfacing

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This image highlights the wall of Jansen U crater, located at the northeast section of Mare Tranquillitatis. This image was released June 11, 2013.

Star Light Star Bright

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A sharp reflectance contrast is found in Humboldt crater. This image was released May 29, 2013.

A Truncated Rille

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This image shows a close look at this sinuous rille in Jules Verne crater on the lunar farside. This image was released May 30, 2013.

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