Some spectacular oblique images from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter have been released.


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Some spectacular oblique images from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) have been released.

The top three images are all oblique. Make sure you click through to the full caption of each image to get more information.

The Lunar Alps image is especially interesting to those who have ever explored the Moon with a telescope from Earth. The rill shown is well known to amateurs, as are the Montes Alpes, or Alps Mountains, adjacent to it. From Earth that rill definitely looks like a meandering river canyon. This LRO image resolves it into a canyon made up of a series of crater-like depressions, a geological feature quite different from the river canyons of Earth.

One comment

  • Tom Billings

    Not only is the rille a string of craters, …it is a string of rimless craters. This is what indicates it is lava tube collapse trench. The collapse of a lava tube roof does little or nothing to the surrounding terrain, while impact craters have raised rims.

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