Where In The Universe #102

Article written: 29 Apr , 2010
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015

Ready for another Where In The Universe Challenge? Here’s #102! Take a look and see if you can name where in the Universe this image is from. Give yourself extra points if you can name the spacecraft responsible for the image. We provide the image today, but wonโ€™t reveal the answer until tomorrow. This gives you a chance to mull over the image and provide your answer/guess in the comment section. Please, no links or extensive explanations of what you think this is โ€” give everyone the chance to guess.

UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below

This is the Apollo 17 landing site as seen by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter camera. The image was part of a set of images, the first taken by LROC of the Apollo landing sites, from July 2009. See more at this link at the LRO website

Check back next week for another WITU Challenge!

21 Responses

  1. Nephish777 says

    Looks like the moon from LRO.

  2. Jorge says

    Ah, the Moon, with one of the Apollos peeking right in the middle. Photographer? LRO.

  3. scibuff says

    Moon, Taurus-Littrow – Apollo 17 landing site with the lunar module Challenger. Photo by LRO

  4. Member

    It’s the Apollo 17 “Challenger” landing site at Taurus-Littrow valley, as imaged from above by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter on July 11, 2009.


  5. nuke3d says

    Since the universe is so big, chances are that there are multiple spots that look exactly like this.

  6. Member

    Damn it! Beaten by scibuff! I must learn to type faster! ๐Ÿ˜

  7. Matthew Burns says

    That’s a sand pile in a studio owned by NASA. ball bearings of various size were thrown at it to give the appearance of naturally forming craters. a small pencil eraser was places in the middle on a pin in the hope that the grazing masses of NASA parishioners would accept this as “Proof” that man has actually landed on the moon, and that the whole thing wasn’t faked. You can tell it’s fake because the shadows of various objects are pointing in different directions, clearly because they haven’t learned their lessons from the past and continue to light their little dioramas with multiple light sources.

    Just kidding. that’s the moon.

  8. Mr.No.Scope says

    I can’t believe that I am the first one with the most obvious answer…it is an extreme closeup of a teenage boy’s forehead with a severe case of acne. Or possibly the entrance to the secret AF base on the moon with little humans spying on it.

  9. cactusfloyd1 says

    I think it is mercury, by messenger

  10. That’s no moon, it’s a space station!

    No, wait. no. it’s a moon after all.

  11. Ringman says

    An Apollo landing site from the LRO, which btw has my name on it ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. apophys says

    It’s the Apollo 17 landing site. The picture is taken by the LRO spacecraft.

  13. ken says

    Phobos, Viking Mission

  14. ken says

    Correction to my post above. It was the Russian Phobos 2 mission.

  15. bmttowers says

    it seems the moon

  16. neoguru says

    A definite cratered body. It looks rocky, as opposed to icy and there does indeed seem to be an object in the middle. Gotta be the moon with a lander. Donno which or when.

  17. RUF says

    There appears to be an object in the center, casting a shadow to the left.

    There is also two objects left of center, casting shadows to the right. How is that possible?

    I am not a moon landing hoaxer!!

    But that is too weird….

  18. Member

    @ RUF,

    Look again… all the objects are casting shadows towards the right; the ‘object’ in the centre is actually a small crater.

  19. RUF says

    Good call… I see what you mean.

  20. santafedog says

    I believe the picture was made thru a a telescope at Apache point in New Mexico and shows the old Russian rover at just about 11:30 from the large crater at the bottom of the image.

  21. santafedog says


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