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Space rocks are constantly bombarding the surface of the Moon. NASA has been keeping a close eye on these impacts since 2005, using telescopes to watch for the telltale flashes that come from the explosions they cause. On March 17th, 2013, NASA witnessed the biggest flash yet. Not only was it captured on camera—it led another spacecraft to find a brand new crater. Learn all about it in this month's column!
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter took this before (February 2012) and after (July 2013) picture of the new crater created by the March 17th impact. Credit: NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University.