To celebrate the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s 1,000th day in orbit, NASA has released a new video that gives us a whole new look at the history of Earth’s satellite.
“From year to year, the moon never seems to change. Craters and other formations appear to be permanent now, but the moon didn’t always look like this. Thanks to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we now have a better look at some of the moon’s history.”
Most interesting is a short peek at the moon’s evolution, from 4.5 billion years ago to modern day. Through animation, we get to see how it began as a sphere of molten rock, created from an impact right here on Earth. Later, about 4.3 billions years ago, the moon itself was struck by an asteroid, which created the South Pole Aitken Basin.
Parts of the video are like watching an intense fireworks display.