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Color image of the Moon taken by the Galileo spacecraft on its way to Jupiter
NASA / JPL Image
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Our Nearest Neighbor

The Galileo spacecraft took this image of the Moon on December 7, 1992 on its way to explore Jupiter. The distinct bright ray crater at the bottom of the image is the Tycho impact basin. The dark areas are lava rock filled impact basins known as Mare.

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