Challenger Astronauts Memorialized on the Moon

Craters in the center of Apollo basin named after Space Shuttle Challenger astronauts. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.

Shortly after the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger in 1986, seven craters on the eastern rim of the Apollo basin were named after the crew: Gregory Jarvis, Christa McAuliffe, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Dick Scobee, Michael Smith. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Wide Angle Camera recently took this image of the region. Below is a video from the Kaguya spacecraft flying over the area.

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