SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Mount Wilson Fire, Nebula, More

 SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Mount Wilson Fire, Nebula, More
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August 20, 2009--The rim of the roughly 6.2-mile-wide (10-kilometer-wide) Erlanger crater is a bright halo in the darkness of the moon's north pole in a recently released picture taken by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter.

Mission managers had hoped that the orbiting craft would work in tandem with the Indian lunar orbiter Chandrayaan-1 to determine whether the permanently shadowed crater houses water ice. But India's space agency terminated the Chandrayaan-1 mission in late August due to a communications breakdown with the probe.
— Image courtesy NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University
 
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