Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera

Orientale Pyroclastic Vent


A giant pit, 20 km wide and 2 km deep, was formed during a massive explosive volcanic eruption. Ash was blown out more than 75 km distant. These ash deposits are likely enriched in hydrogen, helium, iron, and titanium. They not only provide a glimpse into the composition of the lunar interior but may serve as resources for future lunar explorers.

Lat: -30.08°
Long: 262.22°
Camera: NAC
Image Width: 35.0 km
Location in exhibit: Lunar Vistas
Image ID: M1160789857LR

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