Challenger Astronauts Memorialized on the Moon
December 5, 2012
Apollo is a 524 km-diameter impact basin located within the center of the the giant South Pole-Aitken basin. After the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger, seven craters on the eastern rim of this basin were named after the crew: Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Dick Scobee, Michael Smith. Craters in the center of Apollo basin (36°S, 209°E) named after Space Shuttle Challenger astronauts, LROC WAC mosaic, ~190 km wide [NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University].
Topics: Environment, Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Lunar craters named for space explorers, Gregory Jarvis, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, McNair, Space Mirror Memorial, Challenger, Apollo, Planetary science