Flying over the Moon : Lichtenberg crater

(ORDO NEWS) — Lichtenberg is a beautifully preserved young 5 km impact crater located in the western part of the Ocean of Storms on the visible side of the Moon.

The crater was formed, according to the latest data, during the Copernican period – the geological period of lunar history, which began 1.1 billion years ago and continues to this day.

The absence of an atmosphere on the moon has its advantages

For example, without the atmosphere and atmospheric phenomena, the degradation of the relief proceeds extremely slowly.

On Earth, rain and wind are the main causes of erosion, but these causes are absent on the Moon.

However, on the Moon, erosion occurs due to the fall of new meteorites, which can damage existing craters and deform the terrain.

On the other hand, the absence of an atmosphere means that cosmic weathering on the Moon is incomparably stronger than on Earth, and fresh, light-colored soil darkens over time, making it impossible for us to study the details.

Since the Lichtenberg crater is very light (especially its bottom), we can confidently state that this geological formation is quite young.

The distinct morphology and highly reflective nature of Lichtenberg set it apart from many other nearby impact craters.

Flying over the Moon Lichtenberg crater 2
Scientists cannot yet explain how these “dunes” formed on the southern slope of the crater

To take samples at the bottom of Lichtenberg means to establish what caused the appearance of the crater and determine the detailed composition of the “insides” of the Moon.

Ah… dreams. We hope that someday they will be implemented!


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