The Apollo Program: Apollo 15 Feature Summary

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From Physics Research
Title:
The Apollo Program: Apollo 15
Description:
You're looking at the vicinity of NASA's Apollo 15 landing site, located almost in the center of the image, on the lava surface at the eastern edge of Mare Imbrium (click for a lunar map to find it). Naturally a smooth impact basin would be the best place for the lunar lander to put down. You can also see part of the Apennine mountain range in the image above.

The Apollo Program's mission was to explore and map the moon. To learn more about Apollo 15, see The Apollo Program: Apollo 15.

Do you see the squiggly line running up and down in the middle of the image? It's actually a trench called the Hadley Rille. Here is a video of Apollo 15 landing, with the Hadley Rille in the background. On a lava-filled basin, and with a mountain range and a rille so close, the astronauts could explore plenty of lunar geology.
Image:
image credit: NASA; <a href="http://history.nasa.gov/ap15fj/photos/metric/as15-0414m.jpg" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.compadre.org/informal/images/features/Mare-vaporum-large1.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>
image credit: NASA; image source; larger image
Image URL:
http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/Mare-vaporum-large1.jpg
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