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Plaskett and companion craters - AMIE mosaic
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- Title Plaskett and companion craters - AMIE mosaic
- Released 02/03/2007 3:28 pm
- Copyright ESA/Space-X (Space Exploration Institute)
Plaskett crater is the bottom crater in this mosaic built with images taken by the advanced Moon Imaging Experiment (AMIE) on board ESA's SMART-1 spacecraft. Plaskett and its two companion craters sit near the Moon’s north pole.
The shadow lengths can be used to calculate the height of surface features. Data like this can be turned into virtual simulations of the surface to help engineers design suitable landers. From its rim, the full Earth would graze just above the horizon for only a few days per month. However some areas within the crater never see the Earth.
Rozhdestvenskiy is a large lunar crater of 177 kilometres diameter centered at 85.2° North and 155.4° West (just above Plaskett). Its northern rim is just 60 kilometres from the north pole.