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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Laplace A crater and a nearby wrinkle ridge (possible Chang'e 3 landing site)

Filed under pretty pictures, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the Moon, Chang'E program

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Laplace A crater and a nearby wrinkle ridge (possible Chang'e 3 landing site) Laplace A crater and nearby wrinkle ridge (diagonally across at lower right). The question mark shows a potential landing site from which the rover could traverse northwest across the ridge to the edge of the crater.

NASA / GSFC / ASU

Here is a wider view showing Laplace A and the wrinkle ridge in context:

A Great Place to Rove: Sinus Iridum area of the Moon

NASA / GSFC / ASU

A Great Place to Rove: Sinus Iridum area of the Moon
Sinus Iridum is the planned landing site for Chang'e 3. Arrow shows location of Soviet Lunokhod 1 rover. This is a mosaic of Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Wide-Angle Camera images; it covers an area about 360 kilometers wide.

And here is a zoom into the interior of Laplace A:

LROC NAC view of the interior of Laplace A crater

NASA / GSFC / ASU

LROC NAC view of the interior of Laplace A crater
Original image data dated on or about November 22, 2013

 

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