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GRAIL Spots Gravity Anomaly
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GRAIL Spots Gravity Anomaly

December 21, 2012
A 300-mile-long (500 kilometer-long) linear gravity anomaly on the far side of the moon has been revealed by gravity gradients measured by NASA's GRAIL mission. GRAIL data are shown on the left, with red and blue corresponding to stronger gravity gradients. Topography data from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter's Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter for the same region show a surface saturated with craters (red is higher terrain and blue is lower). The lack of any topographic signature over the gravity anomaly indicates that it is older than the craters, and thus is one of the oldest features on the moon. The units of the gravity gradients are Eötvös, and of the topography are kilometers. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CSM


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