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Orientale Basin on the Moon


This oblique view of Orientale emphasizes the distribution of ejecta material on the southeast side of the basin. Portions of all three major basin rings are visible. Basin ejecta begins just outside the Cordillera Mountains and extends up to 500 kilometers beyond the base of the mountains. This ejecta has a rough, hummocky texture and contains linear patterns that point back at the center of Orientale. Credit: NASA/Lunar Orbiter image IV-172M

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