space science

This color image was taken by the Galileo spacecraft in 1990 from about 350,000 miles (563,000 km) away. Near the center is the circular Orientale basin, 600 miles (966 km) across.

Ranger 7 took the first picture of the Moon by a U.S. spacecraft on July 31, 1964, about 17 minutes before impacting the lunar surface. The large crater at center right is Alphonsus. Above it is Ptolemaeus and below it Arzachel. Click

An enhanced image of the Moon taken with the NOAO Mosaic CCD camera using two NSF telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The Moon is superimposed on a separate image of the sky

The Copernicus impact crater is 58 miles (93 km) wide. Rays of ejected material can still be seen, even thought the impact occurred long ago. Photo by the Lunar Orbiter 2 mission

In this 1994 Clementine spacecraft picture, the Moon is illuminated solely by light from the Sun that is reflected from the Earth. This "earthshine" occurs near the new Moon. The Sun is just behind the Moon, creating the glow. Venus is at the top of the frame
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