Earlier this June, NASA pointed their Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft’s cameras at the Tycho crater on the moon. They’ve just published a few gorgeous photos of Tycho’s central peak.
According to NASA, the crater itself is about 51 miles in diameter. For reference, the large white boulder in the center is almost 400 feet wide, or just about perfect to host one heck of a lunar football game.
NASA is unsure whether all of the loose boulders strewn about the peak are due to the peak itself shredding apart as it jutted upward or if they are from previous layers in the moon’s crust being pulled up. The crater is only around 110 million years old, and its relatively young age has left its features sharp. According to NASA, “[o]ver time micrometeorites and not-so-micro meteorites, will grind and erode these steep slopes into smooth mountains.” They offer another crater, Bhabha, as an example of what Tycho may look like once it’s nice and old. That’s assuming, of course, Tycho doesn’t try to fight aging.