Friday, September 2, 2011

Sunrise View of Tycho Crater's Peak

Tycho is a 110 million years old lunar crater about 51 miles (82 km) in diameter. Earlier this summer, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft "angled its orbit 65° to the west", allowing its camera to capture this dramatic sunrise view of Tycho (Click image for high-res version).

More about Tycho:
  • The summit of the central peak is 1.24 miles (2 km) above the crater floor.
  • The distance from Tycho's floor to its rim is about 2.92 miles (4.7 km). 
  • Tycho crater's central peak complex, shown above, is about 9.3 miles (15 km) wide, left to right (southeast to northwest in this view).
Via NASA | Photo credit: NASA Goddard/Arizona State University

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