Planetary scientists announced that a newly discovered lunar crater will be named after Amelia Earhart.
The massive crater has a width of more than 124 miles. However, the scientists originally thought it was way smaller before analyzing the data collected by NASA’s GRAIL mission.
The massive lunar crater was facing our planet and according to the scientists, it has been on the moon for about 3.9 billion years.
The astronomers stumbled upon the massive crater while they were testing new techniques for GRAIL that would enable them to observe smaller features. While studying various rims and ridges, the researchers noticed a circular pattern.
Jay Melosh, one of the researchers who discovered the massive lunar crater, said that no one recognized it as they were lacking an extra piece of information, which was the gravity field.
After discovering the crater, the team of scientists decided it to name it after Amelia Earhart, an aviation pioneer.
Earhart became famous mostly after disappearing without a trace while trying to fly around the world. She also wrote best-selling books on her experiences as a pilot and was a wasan professor of aviation at Purdue University, which is the same university the researchers who discovered the lunar crater went to.
The decision to name the massive lunar crater after aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart has not yet been finalized because of a detail that is missing from the pilot’s legacy.
Melosh explained that craters are usually named after scientists and explorers, and Earhart has not received this honor yet.
She had the courage to fly around the world and for this she deserves to make it all the way to the moon, especially for inspiring numerous future astronauts, explorers and scientists.
The researchers from Purdue University are still waiting approval from the International Astronomical Union.
The discovery of the massive lunar crater was announced on Monday during the 46th edition of Lunar and Planetary Science Conference that was held in Woodlands, Texas.
Amelia Earhart disappeared on July 2, 1937, while she was flying over the Pacific Ocean. She tried to make a circum-navigational flight around the globe in Lockheed Model 10 Electra.
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