Newly named moon crater honors aviation pioneer Earhart

March 17, 2015 6:37 PM

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There, the crater's discoverers offered a preliminary name, the Earhart crater, in honor of aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

"This is one of the biggest craters on the moon, but no one knew it was there," explained researcher leader Jay Melosh, a distinguished professor of Earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences at Purdue. "Craters are named after explorers or scientists, and Amelia Earhart had not yet received this hon...

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