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Apollo Basin
April 22, 2010
LRO image of Apollo Basin
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Located in the northeast corner of South Pole-Aitken basin, Apollo Basin is a double ringed basin that measures about 483 km across. LOLA data of Apollo Basin reveal a significantly degraded outer rim and a partially buried inner rim. Apollo Basin has been featured in the news recently, with discoveries of crustal material previously unseen on the lunar surface [see NASA feature]. When used with datasets from other instruments (such as M3 from Chandrayaan-1), high-resolution topographic data from LOLA can help scientists understand the extent of this previously unseen lunar crustal material.

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