An Apollo 16 astronaut stands near the rim of Plum Crater (30m, or over 200 yards, in diameter) on the moon. Although Earth has experienced many meteorite impacts throughout its history, the action of wind and water quickly erases the resulting craters. Because these forces don't exist on the moon, the only way evidence of impact craters can be removed is by being destroyed by later impacts. However, this is not a very efficient process so craters last a long time on the moon's surface. This image is part of JPL's Welcome to the Planet's Page.
These images are a part of the Image Library sponsored by The Center for Space Research - University of Texas at Austin and Texas Space Grant Consortium. They were taken from the Johnson Space Center's Apollo 17 Image Library - JSC.
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