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MoonRise is a mission to the Moon that focuses on the giant South Pole–Aitken basin on the far side of the Moon between the Moon's South Pole and Aitken Crater, 16° south of the Moon's equator. This basin measures nearly 2,500 kilometres (Template:Convert/round mi) in diameter and 12 kilometres (Template:Convert/round mi) in depth. This region is the oldest, deepest, observable impact basin on the Moon and provides a window into the deep crust of the Moon and its history as a result. The basin is also among the largest recognized impact structures in the Solar System.[1] The mission would be NASA's first unmanned sample return mission from another planetary body.[2]

Moonrise was not selected for the next New Frontiers program launch,[3][4] losing out to OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample return mission.


External linksEdit

Official website


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