Why did researchers decide to name enormous moon crater after Amelia Earhart?

March 18, 2015 2:26 AM

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A research team at Purdue University, led by Professor Jay Melosh, has discovered one of the widest craters on the Moon, a crater undetected by centuries of lunar observations. According to a Purdue statement, the team used data gathered by NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL).

The team have informally dubbed the crater Earhart, after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, who was a career counselor and advisor to the Department of Aeronautics at Purdue from 1935 to 1937. Today, Purdue houses the biggest trove of Earhart-related material, including papers associated with her sol...

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