Exquisite rubble

Exquisite rubble

Exquisite rubble

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Nov. 21 2009 8:00 AM

Exquisite rubble

I know, I usually wax lyrical and scientific over this picture or that returned from various astronomical and space observatories. But honestly, I don't have a whole lot to say about this particular image, from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, showing boulders that have rolled downhill to the bottom of the 45 kilometer-wide Rutherford crater:

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Except:

a) Click to embiggen.

2) I still have not gotten used to these super hi-res pictures. This one is 510 meters across. See the big rock at the top, left of center? The one casting a long shadow? That's about the size of my yard, and I don't have a particularly large piece of property. Some of the rocks in this image are smaller than a car.

c) Wow. The good news is, these images still do amaze me. I'm pretty happy I haven't been spoiled yet. But as more pictures come back from LRO, that might happen. I'm only human -- but I do have a large capacity for amazement. Keep 'em coming!

Image credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University