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The Copernicus crater. The moon satellite

The Copernicus crater. The moon satellite


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One of the most outstanding craters on our Moon is called Copernicus. Copernicus is a young, large, visible crater with binoculars a little to the northwest of the center of the visible hemisphere of the moon.

Copernicus is distinguished by its size and the numerous bright rays that come out of it. Although Copernicus is relatively young to be a lunar crater, it was formed almost a billion years ago because of a great impact.

In the center, Copernicus is about 93 kilometers in diameter. The photograph was taken in 1972 by the last manned mission to the moon, Apollo 17. The prospects of a return there have been reinforced recently thanks to the greater evidence of ice deposits near the lunar poles.

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