April 25, 2020

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Gorgeous Hole

Originally published November 12, 2010 LPOD-Nov12-10.jpg
Chang'e-2 image

Laplace A is small simple crater in eastern Sinus Iridum. This new release from the Chang'e-2 spacecraft is an oblique view presumably constructed by draping an image over a digital terrain model made from stereo images. The walls look steep and pretty smooth, with likely flows of impact melt visible near the crater shadow, and two large boulders that rolled only about halfway downslope. The floor is amazingly sharply bounded, suggesting that the smooth parts of the flow came last, surrounding masses that slid down the walls, and covering the smaller debris on the floor.

Chuck Wood

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