Moon craters honour shuttle crew

Craters named after Challenger astronauts

Lunar craters named after the seven Challenger astronauts. The craters are located in the Apollo basin.

FOLLOWING THE LOSS of the space shuttle Challenger during launch in 1986, seven craters on the eastern rim of the Moon’s Apollo basin were named after the crew—Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Dick Scobee and Michael Smith.

This image was taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. See the full-size (1.7MB) image here.

Apollo is a 524-kilometre-diameter impact basin located within the centre of the giant lunar South Pole-Aitken basin. The region has been identified as an area of interest for future human lunar exploration.

Adapted from information issued by NASA.

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