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8 images of impact craters in space

By: Katherine Butler on Nov. 6, 2012, 7:05 p.m.
moon Crater 308

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Crater 308 on the moon

Pictured here is Crater 308 on the far side of the moon. We see only the smooth side of the moon from Earth, as the moon is locked in rotation with the Earth. The dark side is heavily cratered.


The craters of our solar system tell tales of powerful collisions that are almost unimaginable. Such impacts are part of our own planet’s history — and future. NASA constantly monitors potentially dangerous objects that buzz the Earth, calling them Near Earth Objects (NEOs). When and where the next impact crater will hit within our solar system remains to be seen.