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New lunar find named for Amelia Earhart

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Astronomers have given Amelia Earhart a spot on the moon after they discovered a new crater on the Earth-facing side of the moon — the first such discovery in 100 years. Scientists at Purdue University made the find and named the crater after legendary aviator, who was a member of the faculty there in the 1930s. They presented the discovery at a conference in Texas this week and they estimate the crater to be at least 3.9 million years old. “This is one of the biggest craters on the moon, but no one knew it was there,” explained Jay Melosh. “[Earhart] attempted a flight around the world, and we thought she deserved to make it all the way to the moon for inspiring so many future explorers and astronauts.”
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