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Monday, 25 February 2013

Sinus Medii Pallas and Murchison Photos by camera and telescope.

Pallas and Murchson (50 and 58 km) are two craters bonded, forming a "shoe". Their location are on the center of the Moon seen from Earth, in the northwest plateau of Sinus Medii. Both craters have weird edges on north, showing the teeth of an excavator that dug into them. These craters are surrounded by three major craters: Bode, Ukert and Triesnecker, the latter being on Sinus Medii at east.

Sinus Medii (Latin for "Golf of the Center") is a small lunar plateau, which lies at the intersection of the moon's equator and the first meridian. Notice that on this area which has a diameter of 335 km, are two smaller craters in the center, called Bruce (7 km) and Blagg (5.4 km).

Surveyor 6 landed on Sinus. On November 10, 1967, Surveyor 6 was the fourth in it's series that has made ​​a successful landing on the Moon. Mission sent a total of 29,952 images and acquired over 100 hours of lunar data on material composition.

Before Surveyor 6, on July 17, 1967, Surveyor 4 had an attempt to descend on the lunar surface, on Sinus Medii, but was a failure because the radio signal was lost just before landing, collapsing.

Moon age: 7 days
Stage: 51% (0% = New, 100% = Full)
Distance: 384.488 km

Optics: Celestron C8-Newtonian telescope, 20mm Plössl, 2x barlow
Mount: CG5 (EQ5)
Camera: Sony CX130
Filter: no
Date: 29/04/2012
Location: Baia Mare, Romania
Processing: video capture, FastStone Image Viewer


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