Tycho’s Central Peak


Tycho's Central PeakThe Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been at work for five years. In celebration of those five years, the LRO project asked the public to select a favorite orbiter image of the moon for the cover of a special image collection. After two weeks of voting, this image of Tycho Central Peak was the winner. The Tycho Central Peak rests inside an impact crater and showcases a breathtaking view of the lunar landscape.

The crater’s central peak complex is about 15 km wide in this view. The Tycho crater is about 82 km in diameter. The central peak’s summit rises 2 km above the crater floor.

Image Credit: NASA