Widest moon crater named after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart

March 18, 2015 1:10 PM

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A 124 mile crater, one of the widest craters on the moon’s surface was discovered by a research team at Purdue University. The crater is present on the earth facing side of the moon, and it was undetected by lunar observations from centuries. The craters discovery was announced at the annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in Texas.

The team comprises of Professor Jay Melosh and fellow researchers Rohan Sood and Loic Chappaz. They used the data from the NASA’s Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory (GRAIL) mission. GRAIL determines the interior structure of the moon by using high-quality gravitational field mapping.

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