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The Moon’s youngest known *natural* crater

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The Moon’s youngest *natural* crater is no more than 41 years old.

How do we know? Because we’ve been looking at the Moon up-close for a while. The Apollo missions put humans in orbit around the Moon, humans with cameras. During Apollo 15, which went to the Moon in 1971, command module pilot Al Worden remained in orbit and took mapping pictures of the surface. He happened to get a snapshot of this area, and the crater was not in that picture:

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