Today’s Spotlight features an animate gif by Christine Daniloff/MIT and uses a topographic image of the moon by NASA/Colorado School of Mines/MIT/Goddard Space Flight Center/Scientific Visualization Studio.
New data obtained by NASA’s GRAIL mission reveals that the Procellarum region on the near side of the moon — a giant basin often referred to as the “man in the moon” — likely arose not from a massive asteroid strike, but from a large plume of magma deep within the moon’s interior.
Researchers from MIT, the Colorado School of Mines, and other institutions have created a high-resolution map of the Procellarum, and found that its border is not circular, but polygonal, composed of sharp angles that could not have been created by a massive asteroid.
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