Flying over the Moon: the central peak of Tycho crater

(ORDO NEWS) — On June 10, 2011, the NASA LRO spacecraft, in orbit around the Moon since June 23, 2009, turned 65 degrees to the west to capture the sunrise over the 85 km Tycho crater.

Tycho Crater is a very popular target for amateur astronomers due to the stunning view of this lunar region from the Earth’s surface.

The top of the central peak rises almost 2 kilometers above the base of the crater, which has a depth of about 4.7 kilometers.

Were they formed as a result of the crushing and deformation of the lunar surface at the time of the impact, or are they rocks that remained intact? Unfortunately, there is no exact answer yet.

Imagine the geologists of the future climbing these steep slopes carefully to take samples of the rock that was plucked from the Moon’s interior during the formation of the crater.

Flying over the Moon the central peak of Tycho crater 2
Tycho crater from orbit

Tycho Crater is a relatively young formation by lunar standards, whose age is estimated at 110 million years. That is, it was formed in that historical period, when dinosaurs still walked the Earth.

However, over time, micrometeorites and solar wind, constantly affecting the lunar terrain, will destroy the steep slopes and large stones, leaving only a small part of this gorgeous peak.


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