Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 lupu victor 1 comment
East of the Moon is marked by several interesting features. Most notably is Mare Crisium, a "sea" visible from the Earth with the naked eye as an isolated spot by other seas, dark in colour.
Notable craters on the east side of the Moon are Posidonius, Petavius and Langrenus, which are the largest in size.
Even if it seems that East of the Moon has not too many huge craters, actually there are many small craters as we can see in the list below.
Craters of the Moon's eastern area.
Seas of the Moon's eastern area.
Mountains of the Moon's eastern area.
Other forms of relief in the east area of the Moon.
Above: Video of east of the Moon through my telescope.
Space missions on the east side of the Moon.
Apollo 16 (1972) with people on board. Apollo 16 was the tenth mission in the Apollo program with humans. It was launched on 16 April 1972 and ended on 27 April. It was a lunar rover mission and brought back 94.7 kg of lunar soil and rock samples.
Apollo 17 with people on board. EVA activity (EVA). Apollo 17 was the 11th and last manned mission of the Apollo space program. Launched at 12:33 a.m. on 7 December 1972, with a crew of three members: Eugene Cernan, Ronald Evans and Harrison Schmitt. Apollo 17 landing remains the most recent made beyond Earth's orbit.
Luna 21 (1973) USSR (Union of Soviet Socialist Republics), has successfully carried on the lunar surface rover Lunakhod 2 on January 15, 1973. It sent back 86 panoramic images and over 80,000 TV pictures.
Ranger 8 (1965) USA - intentionally crashed. Launched on February 20, 1965. Ranger 8 successfully sent 7137 images with a resolution of up to 1.5 m.
Surveyor 5 (1967) successfully landed. It sent more than 19,000 images to Earth, and has conducted more than 100 hours of compositional analysis of the surface.
To see the photographic map of the east area of the moon, view: Photographic map of the Moon: East Zone. Lunar Atlas.
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