Nernst Crater   Leave a comment

122km Nernst crater on the far side of the Moon.  24km Nernst T on the western rim.

A lower view of Nernst crater.

A closer look at the floor of Nernst crater.  3D model using SLDEM2015 data and overlaid with Wide Area Camera image.  Nernst is found on Lunar Astronautical Chart 36.

Posted June 5, 2020 by finkh in Uncategorized

Janssen Crater and More   Leave a comment

201km Janssen crater and the surrounding area; see Lunar Astronautical Chart 114 and a bit of 127 and 128.  Rimae Janssen points to 79km Fabricius, and in the same direction, 84km Metius.  Crossing Vallis Rheita, 71km Rheita, and the elongated 68km Rheita E.

A lower view of the area.

Quite a close look at 79km Fabricius crater.

3D model from Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter data overlaid with Wide Angle Camera images.

A grazing illumination of a clay model of LAC 114.

A picture of the region I took with a webcam in 2006.  It reveals the striking linear shadow feature discussed on cloudy nights.

 

Posted June 2, 2020 by finkh in Uncategorized

Icarus and Daedalus   Leave a comment

94km Daedalus and 94km Icarus craters on the far side of the Moon.  The Wide Area Camera mosaic does not match up at the edges; 180 degrees east is the vertical seam.

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High-angle view of Icarus crater.

Low angle view of Icarus crater.  4.5km height of central peak.  3D model from Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter data and overlaid with WAC image.  See Lunar Astronautical Chart 86 for details.

 

Posted May 29, 2020 by finkh in Uncategorized

Mare Australe   Leave a comment

997km Mare Australe on the southeastern limb of the Moon.  74km Jenner crater is below center.

This is a virtual print of Apollo Photograph AS15-M-2503 generated by the School of Earth and Space Exploration, Arizona State University.

A low view from 110km above the surface looking south.  The rim of Jenner is just visible on the horizon left of center.

A broader, higher view of a 3D model using Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter data and overlaid with Wide Angle Camera images.  Jenner is centered.  See Lunar Astronautical Charts 115 and 116 for names.

Posted May 26, 2020 by finkh in Uncategorized

Planck Crater   Leave a comment

319km Planck crater on the far side of the Moon.  At lower left, a portion of 500km Vallis Planck.  For scale, 87km Prandtl at the lower right on the rim of Planck is the size of Tycho.  Area spans Lunar Astronautical Charts 130 and 131.

A lower, wider view with 59km Fechner at the left.

 

A portion of the floor of Planck with 67km Z and 45km floor-fractured B in the center.  To the south a mound that looks like a crater in reverse.  3D model generated from Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter data and overlaid with Wide Area Camera images.

 

Posted May 25, 2020 by finkh in Uncategorized

Aristoteles and Eudoxus Craters   Leave a comment

Overhead view of 70km Eudoxus and 88km Aristoteles craters.  North is to the right.

A low view from the south. 34km flooded floor crater Egede is on the left; 32km Mitchell crater is attached to Aristoteles eastern rim.

Close-up of Aristoteles crater.

Close-up of Eudoxus crater.  3D model from Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter data, overlaid with Wide Angle Camera images.  Scenes composed from Lunar Astronautical Charts 13 and 26.

Posted May 20, 2020 by finkh in Uncategorized

Von Karman Crater   Leave a comment

186km Von Karman crater on the farthest side of the Moon; the right edge of the image is 180 degrees east.  The crescent in the foreground is 219km Von Karman M.  The mosaic of the Wide Area Camera images is especially apparent here.  3D model using Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Laser Altimeter data, overlaid with WAC images.

A lower view from the south.  Both scenes are brightened a bit from the original.  Area spans Lunar Astronautical Charts 119, 120, 132.

Posted May 18, 2020 by finkh in Uncategorized