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2007 June 16
To prepare for the
Apollo landings, five
Orbiter spacecraft were launched during 1966 and 1967 to
gather detailed images of our fair planet's large, natural
Dramatic views returned by the spacecraft cameras included
The mosaic of 93 kilometer wide impact crater
central peaks rising above the crater floor and rugged crater walls.
Note: As of today, June 16, the APOD editors have enjoyed presenting images from space missions, major observatories, and professional and amateur cosmic tourists alike for twelve years. A sincere thanks to our web site operators, translators, and to all for the gracious email and continued APOD submissions!
Authors & editors:
Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)
NASA Official: Phillip Newman Specific rights apply.
A service of: ASD at NASA / GSFC
& Michigan Tech. U.