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Plato Crater Region of Interest
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Plato Crater Region of Interest

November 28, 2012
Plato is a large (109 km (67.7 mi) diameter) mare filled crater seen prominently in the northern near side of the Moon. This region of interest is located on the northeast portion of Plato's ejecta blanket. Regional context image for M104554343R. The large crater on the left is Plato, the white boxes indicate the Region of Interest, and the long yellow polygon indicates the size of the full outline of M104554343R. This area appears to be empty, and to an untrained eye it would possibly appear to be uninteresting. However nothing could be farther from the truth. The intent of human exploration in this region is to explore a possible pyroclastic deposit. Radar studies of this region, along with spectroscopic evidence from the US Clementine mission indicate, that this region may be covered with pyroclastic materials. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University